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A cone in which the resultant force exerted by one flat horizontal surface on another must be located when both surfaces are at rest, as determined by the coefficient of static friction.

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The point through which acts the resultant force exerted on a body by a static fluid in which it is submerged or floating; located at the centroid of displaced volume.


A fore-and-aft reference line at the upper surface of the flat plate keel at the centerline for flush shell plated vessels. Vertical dimensions are measured from a horizontal plane through the baseline, often called the molded baseline.


Any horizontal wind velocity tangent to the contour line of a constant pressure surface (or to the isobar of a geopotential surface) at the point in question. At such points where the wind is gradient, the Coriolis force and the centrifugal force together exactly balance the horizontal pressure force.


A woodworking hammer with a flat working surface and a claw to pull nails.


A line of horizontal magnetic force of the earth. A compass needle without deviation lies in the magnetic meridian.


A map projection in which the surface of a sphere or spheroid, such as the earth, is conceived as projected onto a tangent or secant cone which is then developed into a plane. In a simple conic map projection the cone is tangent to the sphere or spheroid, in a conic map projection with two standard parallels the cone intersects the sphere or spheroid along two chosen parallels, and in a polyconic map projection a series of cones are tangent to the sphere or spheroid


The ratio of the maximum possible frictional force, parallel to the surface of contact, which acts to prevent two bodies in contact, and at rest with respect to each other, from sliding or rolling over each other, to the force, normal to the surface of contact, with which the bodies press against each other. Also known as coefficient of friction of rest.


A magnetic needle used in compass adjustment to find the relative intensity of the horizontal components of the earth’s magnetic field and the magnetic field at the compass location. Also called HORIZONTAL FORCE INSTRUMENT.


The net attraction between all masses. Gravity attracts all of the particles of a mass and the net effect of this attraction at the earth's surface is equal to 9.81 Newton’s per kilogram. The force of gravity is often called weight.


A device used for molecular distillation; material is fed to the center of a hot, rapidly rotating cone housed in a chamber at a high vacuum; centrifugal force spreads the material rapidly over the hot surface, where the evaporable material goes off as a vapor to the condenser.

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