metacenter

noun
meta·​cen·​ter | \ ˈme-tə-ˌsen-tər How to pronounce metacenter (audio) \

Definition of metacenter

: 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 displaced

Illustration of metacenter

Illustration of metacenter

metacenter: 1 center of gravity, 2 center of buoyancy, 3 new center of buoyancy when floating body is displaced, 4 point of intersection

First Known Use of metacenter

1765, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for metacenter

French métacentre, from méta- meta- + centre center

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About metacenter

Time Traveler for metacenter

Time Traveler

The first known use of metacenter was in 1765

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near metacenter

metacarpus

metacenter

metacentric

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for metacenter

Cite this Entry

“Metacenter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metacenter. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!