Definition of Metacenter

1. Noun. (shipbuilding) the point of intersection between two vertical lines, one line through the center of buoyancy of the hull of a ship in equilibrium and the other line through the center of buoyancy of the hull when the ship is inclined to one side; the distance of this intersection above the center of gravity is an indication of the stability of the ship.

Exact synonyms: Metacentre
Category relationships: Ship Building, Shipbuilding
Generic synonyms: Intersection, Intersection Point, Point Of Intersection
Derivative terms: Metacentric



Definition of Metacenter

1. n. 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.

Definition of Metacenter

1. Noun. (context: physics shipbuilding) A midway point between a ship's 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. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Metacenter

1. [n -S]

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Literary usage of Metacenter

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1. An Introduction to Natural Philosophy: Designed as a Text-book, for the Use by Denison Olmsted (1854)
"metacenter. Now the w«ie;ht of the vessel acts downward through G, ... Hence, when the metacenter is above the center of gravity of the vessel, ..."

2. Elements of Hydraulics by Stephen Elmer Slocum (1917)
"metacenter 41. Stability of Floating Body.—When a floating body is shoved to one side it remains in this position and is therefore in neutral equilibrium as ..."

3. Handbook of Ship Calculations, Construction and Operation: A Book of by Charles Haynes Hughes (1917)
"X 1699.4 ^ X 9.5 X 9.5 X 554.4 = 3.9 ft. .5 X 1699.4 Transverse metacenter. — Assume that a vessel is floating in still water under normal conditions (see ..."

4. Shipbuilding Cyclopedia: A Reference Book Covering Definitions of by Bibber Webster, J. L. Bates, Stephen McKay Phillips, Alfred Henry Haag (1920)
"These metacenter beam curves make it possible to select the proper beam at once ... Accuracy of metacenter Beam Charts WHERE THE STANDARD WATER-LINES are ..."

5. Elements of Hydraulics by Stephen Elmer Slocum (1917)
"VIIL metacenter 41. Stability of Floating Body.—When a floating body is shoved to one side it remains in this position and is therefore in neutral ..."

6. Naval Construction by Richard Hallett Meredith Robinson, United States Naval Academy (1914)
"The metacenter corresponding to change of trim, or longitudinal inclination. ... A diagram showing the vertical positions of the metacenter and center of ..."

7. Text-book of Mechanics by jr Louis Adolphe Martin (1914)
"This limiting position of the point Me is called the metacenter of the body. ... 33 it is evident that whenever the metacenter of a body lies above its ..."

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