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Meaning of metacenter

met•a•cen•ter

Pronunciation: (met'u-sen"tur), [key]
— n. Naval Archit.
  1. 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 end: the distance of this intersection above the center of gravity is an indication of the initial stability of the hull.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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