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ge·o·des·ic

 (jē′ə-dĕs′ĭk, -dē′sĭk)
adj.
1.
a. Of or relating to the geometry of geodesics.
b. Of or relating to geodesy.
2. Having a structure consisting of lightweight rods or poles joined so as to form interlocking polygons whose vertices lie on an imaginary sphere: a geodesic dome.
n.
The shortest path between two points on any mathematically defined surface.

[From geodesy.]
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geodesic

(ˌdʒiːəʊˈdɛsɪk; -ˈdiː-)
adj
(Mathematics) Also: geodetic, geodetical or geodesical relating to or involving the geometry of curved surfaces
n
(Mathematics) Also called: geodesic line the shortest line between two points on a curved or plane surface
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ge•o•des•ic

(ˌdʒi əˈdɛs ɪk, -ˈdi sɪk)

adj. Also, ge`o•des′i•cal.
1. pertaining to the geometry of curved surfaces, in which geodesic lines take the place of the straight lines of plane geometry.
2. pertaining to geodesy; geodetic.
n.
[1815–25; < French géodésique]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.geodesic - (mathematics) the shortest line between two points on a mathematically defined surface (as a straight line on a plane or an arc of a great circle on a sphere)
math, mathematics, maths - a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement
line - a length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point
Adj.1.geodesic - of or relating to or determined by geodesy
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geodesic

[ˌdʒɪ(ː)əʊˈdesɪk] ADJgeodésico
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geodesic

adjgeodätisch
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(ii) All the dynamical information is collected into a single geometric quantity where all the available symmetries are retained: the curved statistical manifold on which the geodesic flow is induced.
The circle is one of the fundamental geometric objects and the diameter depends on the geodesic flow if there exists.
Margulis' result can easily be recovered from the above theorem by taking [phi] to be the geodesic flow on the sphere bundle M = SV of the manifold V and the choices [C.sub.1] = [S.sub.x] V and [C.sub.2] = [S.sub.y] V.