Metacenter
Metacenter Met`a*cen"teror Metacentre Met`a*cen"tre, n. [Pref. meta- + center.] (Hydrostatics) The point of intersection of a vertical line through the center of gravity of the fluid displaced by a floating body which is tipped through a small angle from its position of equilibrium, and the inclined line which was vertical through the center of gravity of the body when in equilibrium. [1913 Webster]

Note: When the metacenter is above the center of gravity, the position of the body is stable; when below it, unstable. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • metacenter — [met′ə sen΄tər] n. [Fr métacentre: see META & CENTER] that point in a floating body at which a vertical line drawn through its center of buoyancy when it is upright meets the vertical line drawn through its center of buoyancy when it is tipped;… …   English World dictionary

  • metacenter — metacentras statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. metacenter; metacentre vok. Metazentrum, n rus. метацентр, m pranc. métacentre, m; point métacentrique, m …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • metacenter — noun Etymology: French métacentre, from méta meta + centre center Date: 1765 the point of intersection of the vertical through the center of buoyancy of a floating body with the vertical through the new center of buoyancy when the body is… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • metacenter — /met euh sen teuhr/, n. Naval Archit. 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… …   Universalium

  • metacenter — noun /ˈmɛtəsɛntə/ A midway point between a ships centre of buoyancy when upright and its centre of buoyancy when tilted; it must be above the centre of gravity to enable a tilting ship to return to an upright position …   Wiktionary

  • metacenter — metÉ™sentÉ™(r) n. center of gravity of a floating body in reference to the center of buoyancy when the body is at equilibrium and when the floating body is inclined (Naval Architecture) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • metacenter — meta·center …   English syllables

  • metacenter — met•a•cen•ter [[t]ˈmɛt əˌsɛn tər[/t]] n. naut. 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… …   From formal English to slang

  • metacenter — The intersection point of a vertical line drawn through the line of buoyancy of a slightly listed vessel which intersects the centerline plane …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • metacenter — noun (shipbuilding) the point of intersection between two vertical lines, one line through the center of buoyancy of the hull of a ship in equilibrium and the other line through the center of buoyancy of the hull when the ship is inclined to one… …   Useful english dictionary

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