The measure of stability is expressed in inches of metacentric height.
Round the top of the scale, at D, are engraved four different draughts, and under these are the metacentric heights.
The metacentric height of a vessel is a term used in naval architecture to express the stability of the ship.
metacentric met·a·cen·tric (mět'ə-sěn'trĭk)
Having the centromere of a chromosome in the median position so that the arms are of equal length. n.
A metacentric chromosome.