# geodesic

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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.]

## 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## 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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Noun | 1. | 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 |

Translations

## geodesic

*adj*→ geodätisch

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