Geodesic meaning

jēə-dĕsĭk, -dēsĭk
The shortest path between two points on any mathematically defined surface.
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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.

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(archit.) Having a structurally strong surface made up of short, straight, lightweight bars that form a grid of polygons.

Geodesic dome.

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A geodesic line.
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A curve that locally minimizes the distance between two points on any mathematically defined space, such as a curved manifold. Equivalently, it is a path of minimal curvature. In noncurved three-dimensional space, the geodesic is a straight line. In General Relativity , the trajectory of a body with negligible mass on which only gravitational forces are acting (i.e. a free falling body) is a geodesic in (curved) 4-dimensional space-time.
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Of or relating to the branch of geometry that deals with geodesics.
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(mathematics) The shortest line between two points on a specific surface.
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Of or relating to geodesy.
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Of or relating to a geodesic dome.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of geodesic - geodesical

Origin of geodesic

  • From geodesy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition