# geodesic line

geodesic line
noun
(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)
Syn: ↑geodesic
Derivationally related forms: ↑geodesic (for: ↑geodesic)
Topics: ↑mathematics, ↑math, ↑maths
Hypernyms: ↑line

* * *

noun
see geodesic II

* * *

the shortest line lying on a given surface and connecting two given points.
[1885-90]

* * *

geodesic line or geodetic line noun
The shortest line on a surface between two points on it
• • •
Main Entry:geodesy

* * *

geodesic line,
the shortest possible line between two points on a surface.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

### Look at other dictionaries:

• geodesic line — The shortest line, on a mathematically derived surface, between two points. Also called geodesic. A geodesic line on the spheroidal earth is called a geodetic line. It is a portion of the great circle arc. See geodesic …   Aviation dictionary

• geodesic line — geodezinė linija statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. geodesic line vok. geodätische Linie, f rus. геодезическая линия, f pranc. ligne géodésique, f …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

• geodesic line — ge′odes′ic line′ n. math. the shortest line lying on a given surface and connecting two given points • Etymology: 1885–90 …   From formal English to slang

• geodesic line — the shortest line lying on a given surface and connecting two given points. [1885 90] * * * …   Universalium

• geodesic line — /dʒioʊˌdɛsɪk ˈlaɪn/ (say jeeoh.desik luyn) noun the shortest line lying on a given surface, curved or plane, and connecting two given points …

• geodesic — [jē΄ə des′ik, jē΄ōdē′sik] adj. 1. GEODETIC (sense 1) 2. a) designating the shortest surface line between two points on a surface, esp. a curved surface b) of or pertaining to the geometry of such lines ☆ 3. Archit. having a structurally strong… …   English World dictionary

• geodesic — adj. (also geodetic) 1 of or relating to geodesy. 2 of, involving, or consisting of a geodesic line. Phrases and idioms: geodesic dome a dome constructed of short struts along geodesic lines. geodesic line the shortest possible line between two… …   Useful english dictionary

• geodesic — /jee euh des ik, dee sik/, adj. 1. Also, geodesical. pertaining to the geometry of curved surfaces, in which geodesic lines take the place of the straight lines of plane geometry. n. 2. See geodesic line. [1815 25; < F géodésique. See GEODESY,… …   Universalium

• geodesic — ge•o•des•ic [[t]ˌdʒi əˈdɛs ɪk, ˈdi sɪk[/t]] adj. Also, ge o•des′i•cal 1) math. 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 3)… …   From formal English to slang

• geodesic — /dʒioʊˈdɛsɪk/ (say jeeoh desik), / ˈdisɪk/ (say deesik) adjective Also, geodesical. 1. relating to the geometry of curved surfaces, in which geodesic lines take the place of the straight lines of plane geometry. –noun 2. a geodesic line …