meta·​cen·​ter | \ ˈme-tə-ˌsen-tər \

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

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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

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