Definition of metacentre in English:


Line breaks: meta|centre
Pronunciation: /ˈmɛtəsɛntə
(US metacenter)


  • The point of intersection between an imaginary line drawn vertically through the centre of buoyancy of a floating vessel and a corresponding line through the new centre of buoyancy when the vessel is tilted.
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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: /-ˈsɛntrɪk/
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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-, centre).

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