# geodesic line

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## ge′odes′ic line′

n.
the shortest line lying on a given surface and connecting two given points.
[1885–90]
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 Noun 1 geodesic line - (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)geodesicmath, mathematics, maths - a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangementline - a length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point
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This Newtonian equation remains in tact when we are in curved spacetime, and in a reference frame that freely falls along a geodesic line.
The answer is, yes indeed, that you start at the North Pole, going south along a longitudinal geodesic line, then eastward following a latitudinal geodesic, and then longitudinally northward to return again to the starting point.
The deviation of the geodesic line [GAMMA](v +dv) from the geodesic line [GAMMA](v) can be found by solving the equation 
alpha]]/ds, in this case), transferred along that geodesic line to where it is tangential, is zero.
3rd Support geodesic lines of works in regulating the property.
For instance, the navigation based on geodesic lines and connected software of the ship's devices (electronic chart, positioning and steering systems) gives a strong argument to research and use geodesic-based methods for calculations instead of the loxodromic trajectories in general.
Like geodesic lines felt as gravity's force, when another person is close enough to be present face-to-face, we feel the "ethical force of gravity.

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