pressure-gradient force

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pressure-gradient force

[′presh·ər ¦grād·ē·ənt ‚fȯrs]
(meteorology)
The force due to differences of pressure within the atmosphere; it usually refers only to the horizontal component of the force. Also known as pressure force.
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The reduction in pressure in the constriction can be understood by conservation of energy: the fluid (or gas) gains kinetic energy as it enters the constriction, and that energy is supplied by a pressure gradient force from behind.
The tapered airway creates a pressure gradient force.
This ring is kept in place by two opposing forces: the centripetal force due to the earth's rotation and a counteracting pressure gradient force.