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geodesic Line breaks: geo|des¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˌdʒiːə(ʊ)ˈdɛsɪk/

Definition of geodesic in English:


1Relating 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.
1.1(Of a dome or other structure) constructed from struts which follow geodesic lines and typically form an open framework of triangles and polygons.
Example sentences
  • Epcot opened in 1982 at Walt Disney World in Florida with the ‘Spaceship Earth’ attraction in the first completely spherical geodesic structure.
  • The tumultuous morass of geodesic structures is cobbled together from aluminum poles, plastic bags, bed sheets, and rope.
  • Like a geodesic structure, an increase in the number of nodes should lead to increased stability and strength of the whole system.
2 another term for geodetic.


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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.


Early 19th century: from geodesy + -ic.

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