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Definition of "centrifuge" [centrifuge]

  • An apparatus consisting essentially of a compartment spun about a central axis to separate contained materials of different specific gravities, or to separate colloidal particles suspended in a liquid. (noun)
  • An apparatus in which humans or animals are enclosed and which is revolved to simulate the effects of acceleration in a spacecraft. (noun)
  • To rotate (something) in a centrifuge or to separate, dehydrate, or test by means of this apparatus. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "centrifuge" in a sentence
  • "* Caught in this estrogen centrifuge is "Zack" - Dane Cook - pawn of corporate overlords and oppressed caricature of Everyman who toils beneath the yoke of an insufficient hourly wage."
  • "One alleged target is Iran's main centrifuge plant, at Natanz, 200 miles south of Teheran."
  • "“The centrifuge is the single most dangerous piece of nuclear technology,” Dr. Obeidi said in his book."