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noun Naval Architecture.
  1. 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.
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Also especially British, met·a·cen·tre.

Origin of metacenter

From the French word métacentre, dating back to 1785–95. See meta-, center
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Historical Examples

  • 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