meta·​cen·​ter ˈme-tə-ˌsen-tər How to pronounce metacenter (audio)
: 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
  • 1 center of gravity
  • 2 center of buoyancy
  • 3 new center of buoyancy when floating body is displaced
  • 4 point of intersection

Word History


French métacentre, from méta- meta- + centre center

First Known Use

1765, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of metacenter was in 1765

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Cite this Entry

“Metacenter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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