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[jee-uh-des-ik, -dee-sik] /ˌdʒi əˈdɛs ɪk, -ˈdi sɪk/

Also, geodesical. pertaining to the geometry of curved surfaces, in which take the place of the straight lines of plane geometry.
/ˌdʒiːəʊˈdɛsɪk; -ˈdiː-/
Also geodetic, geodesical. relating to or involving the geometry of curved surfaces
Also called geodesic line. the shortest line between two points on a curved or plane surface

1821, from geodesy “surveying” + -ic. Alternative adjective form geodetic is from 1834; geodetical is from c.1600. Geodesic dome attested from 1953.
(jē’ə-děs’ĭk, -dē’sĭk)
Noun 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.

Adjective Of or relating to the branch of geometry that deals with geodesics.


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