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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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Examples from the Web for metacentre

Historical Examples

  • Thus, for instance, the archecentric condition of any Avian structure is a metacentre of the Sauropsidan stem.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 1


British Dictionary definitions for metacentre


US metacenter

  1. the intersection of a vertical line through the centre of buoyancy of a floating body at equilibrium with the formerly vertical line through the centre of gravity of the body when the body is tilted
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Derived Formsmetacentric, adjective
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