Geodesy Definition

The branch of applied mathematics concerned with measuring, or determining the shape of, the earth or a large part of its surface, or with locating points on its surface with precision.
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Origin of Geodesy

  • From French géodésie, from Medieval Latin geōdaesia, from Ancient Greek γεωδαισία (geōdaisía), from γῆ (gē, “earth”) + δαίω (daíō, “to divide”).

    From Wiktionary

  • New Latin geōdaesia from Greek geōdaisiā geō- geo- daiesthai to divide dā- in Indo-European roots

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

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