- the intersection between two vertical lines, one through the center of buoyancy of a hull in equilibrium, the other through the center of buoyancy when the hull is inclined slightly to one side or toward one end: the distance of this intersection above the center of gravity is an indication of the initial stability of the hull.
Also especially British, met·a·cen·tre.
Origin of metacenter
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As this depends upon the situation of the centre of cavity, the meta-centre is often called the shifting-centre.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth