Definition of metacenter in English:


Syllabification: met·a·cen·ter
Pronunciation: /ˈmetəˌsentər
(British metacentre)


  • The point of intersection between a vertical line through the center of buoyancy of a floating body such as a ship and a vertical line through the new center of buoyancy when the body is tilted, which must be above the center of gravity to ensure stability.
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    • And, if the metacenter should fall below the ship's center of gravity, it'll capsize.
    • If the metacenter is below the center of gravity, the boat is unstable and capsizes.
    • When a submarine submerges, however, the water plane disappears and the metacenter comes down to the center of buoyancy.



Pronunciation: /ˌmetəˈsentrik/
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  • The X, Y, and autosomes are indicated as rod-shaped acrocentric, J-shaped submetacentric, and metacentric chromosomes, respectively.
  • Chromosome 5 has metacentric signals whereas chromosome 2 has submetacentric signals.
  • If the centromere is in the middle, the chromosome is metacentric and the chromosome arms are equal in size.


late 18th century: from French métacentre (see meta-, center).

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