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center of mass

n. pl. centers of mass Abbr. CM
The point in a system of bodies or an extended body at which the mass of the system may be considered to be concentrated and at which external forces may be considered to be applied. Also called barycenter, centroid.

cen′ter of mass′


n.
the point that moves as if the entire mass of a body or system of bodies were concentrated and all the external forces were applied at the point.
[1875–80]

center of mass

The point in a body that moves as though its entire mass were concentrated in it. It is usually in the same place as the center of gravity.
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Noun1.center of mass - point representing the mean position of the matter in a body
midpoint, centre, center - a point equidistant from the ends of a line or the extremities of a figure
center of buoyancy, center of immersion, centre of buoyancy, centre of immersion - (physics) the center of mass of the immersed part of ship or other floating object
barycenter - (astronomy) the common center of mass around which two or more bodies revolve
centroid - the center of mass of an object of uniform density
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