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[met-uh-sen-ter] /ˈmɛt əˌsɛn tər/
noun, Naval Architecture
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.
Origin of metacenter
1785-95; < French métacentre. See meta-, center Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for metacenter


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
Derived Forms
metacentric, adjective
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