metacentre

metacenter

[met-uh-sen-ter]
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.
Also, especially British, metacentre.


Origin:
1785–95; < French métacentre. See meta-, center

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metacentre or metacenter (ˈmɛtəˌsɛntə)
 
n
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
 
metacenter or metacenter
 
n
 
meta'centric or metacenter
 
adj

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