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The geologic science of the size and shape of the earth.
[New Latin geōdaesia, from Greek geōdaisiā : geō-, geo- + daiesthai, to divide; see dā- in Indo-European roots.]
(Geological Science) the branch of science concerned with determining the exact position of geographical points and the shape and size of the earth
[C16: from French géodésie, from Greek geōdaisia, from geo- + daiein to divide]
ge•od•e•sy(dʒiˈɒd ə si)
also ge•o•det•ics(ˌdʒi əˈdɛt ɪks)
the branch of applied mathematics that deals with the measurement of the shape and area of large tracts of country, the exact position of geographical points, and the curvature, shape, and dimensions of the earth.
[1560–70; < French géodésie < Greek geōdaisía=geō- geo- + -daisia, derivative of daíein to divide, distribute]
the branch of applied mathematics that studies the measurement and shape and area of large tracts, the exact position of geographical points, and the curvature, shape, and dimensions of the earth. Also called geodetics. — geodesist, n. — geodetic, geodetical, adj.See also: Mathematics
The scientific study of the size and shape of the Earth.