Metacentre
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]


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  • metacentre — ▪ fluid mechanics also spelled  metacenter        in fluid mechanics, the theoretical point at which an imaginary vertical line through the centre of buoyancy intersects another imaginary vertical line through a new centre of buoyancy created… …   Universalium

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

  • metacentre — /ˈmɛtəsɛntə/ (say metuhsentuh) noun the point where the vertical line through the centre of buoyancy of a floating body (as a ship) in equilibrium meets the vertical line through the new centre of buoyancy when the body is in a slightly inclined… …   Australian English dictionary

  • metacentre — 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

  • métacentre — (mé ta san tr ) s. m. Terme de marine. Point où la ligne verticale, passant par le centre de gravité d un navire, se rencontre avec la résultante de la pression latérale que l eau exerce sur ce navire, quand il est penché de côté. ÉTYMOLOGIE… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • metacentre — (US metacenter) noun the point of intersection between an imaginary vertical line through the centre of buoyancy of an level floating vessel and a corresponding line through the new centre of buoyancy when the vessel is tilted. Derivatives… …   English new terms dictionary

  • metacentre — n. (US metacenter) the point of intersection between a line (vertical in equilibrium) through the centre of gravity of a floating body and a vertical line through the centre of pressure after a slight angular displacement, which must be above the …   Useful english dictionary

  • métacentrique — métacentre [ metasɑ̃tr ] n. m. • 1746; de méta et centre ♦ Phys. Point d application de la résultante des forces qui s exercent sur un corps solide flottant. Adj. MÉTACENTRIQUE . ● métacentrique adjectif Se dit d un chromosome dont le centromère… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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