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metacenter

[met-uh-sen-ter] /ˈmɛt əˌsɛn tər/
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.
Also, especially British, metacentre.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; < French métacentre. See meta-, center
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