ellipsoid of revolution


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ellipsoid of revolution

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(Mathematics) a geometric surface produced by rotating an ellipse about one of its two axes and having circular plane surfaces perpendicular to the axis of revolution. Also called: spheroid
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Noun1.ellipsoid of revolution - a shape that is generated by rotating an ellipse around one of its axesellipsoid of revolution - a shape that is generated by rotating an ellipse around one of its axes; "it looked like a sphere but on closer examination I saw it was really a spheroid"
round shape - a shape that is curved and without sharp angles
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The principal difficulty is that the general geodesic on the ellipsoid of revolution is a space curve, and hence the distance and azimuths cannot be expressed directly in terms of the geographical coordinates of the endpoints.
In order to solve this problema normal gravity potential U(r,[OMEGA]) generated by the mean geocentric ellipsoid of revolution is introduce& The normal gravity potential [U.