# metacenter

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## met·a·cen·ter

(mĕt′ə-sĕn′tər)
n.
The point where an imaginary vertical line running through the center of buoyancy of a tilted floating body crosses the line that originally passed vertically through the body's center of buoyancy when it was at equilibrium.

## met•a•cen•ter

(ˈmɛt əˌsɛn tər)

n.
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.
[1785–95; < French métacentre]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
 Noun 1 metacenter - (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 shipmetacentreship building, shipbuilding - the construction of shipsintersection, intersection point, point of intersection - a point where lines intersect
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G([eta]) represents the gravity term which is described as [mathematical expression not reproducible], where W = mg is the weight and [mathematical expression not reproducible] is the transverse metacenter height.
The vessel parameters are displacement D = 15001, length L = 98.0 m, beam B = 10.2 m, draft T = 3.1 m, metacenter height h = 1.15 m, and resonant period T = 7.8 s.
However, some shortcomings have been recognized in catamarans, such as the high acceleration force due to the large transverse restoring force with excessive transverse metacenter height (TKM).
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