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geodesic

Syllabification: ge·o·des·ic
Pronunciation: /ˌjēəˈdesik, -ˈdē-
 
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Definition of geodesic in English:

adjective

1Of, relating to, or denoting the shortest possible line between two points on a sphere or other curved surface.
Example sentences
  • A formula for the line integral of the geodesic curvature along a closed curve is known as the Gauss Bonnet theorem.
  • He introduced the geodesic curvature although he did not use the term which was due to Bonnet who discovered it independently in 1848.
  • He solved a problem posed by Beltrami of representing one surface on a second surface in such a way that geodesic lines in the first correspond to geodesic lines in the second.
2 another term for geodetic.

noun

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A geodesic line or structure.
Example sentences
  • It possesses shortest lines, now called geodesics, which resemble ordinary straight lines.
  • This reminded me of an interesting property of geodesics in general relativity.
  • When this happens, the necessary conditions for the existence and uniqueness of these geodesics are violated.

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