Definition of geodesy in English:


Line breaks: geo|desy
Pronunciation: /dʒɪˈɒdɪsi


[mass noun]
The branch of mathematics dealing with the shape and area of the earth or large portions of it.
More example sentences
  • He set up a new curriculum for applied mathematics at the university which spread over six semesters and included applications of mathematics to astronomy, geodesy and technology.
  • In the field of geodesy, however, Eratosthenes will always be remembered for his measurements of the Earth.
  • He proposed the method of triangulation and this work is the foundation of geodesy.


late 16th century: from modern Latin geodaesia, from Greek geōdaisia, from 'earth' + daiein 'divide'.



More example sentences
  • Triangulation, first proposed by the sixteenth-century Dutch geodesist Gemma Frisius, was until the development of satellite geodesy the main method by which regional geodetic networks were measured.
  • The earthquake at Koyna, with a magnitude of 6.9 on the Richter scale, contradicted this belief and evoked interest on the part of geologists, geodesists, dam experts, and engineers.
  • Until now, GPS has been primarily the preserve of those who know what they're doing - the surveyors, navigators, geodesists, and cartographers.

Definition of geodesy in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day noisome
Pronunciation: ˈnɔɪs(ə)m
having an extremely offensive smell