Definition of Geodesy

1. Noun. The branch of geology that studies the shape of the earth and the determination of the exact position of geographical points.

Generic synonyms: Geophysical Science, Geophysics
Derivative terms: Geodesic, Geodesical, Geodetic



Definition of Geodesy

1. n. That branch of applied mathematics which determines, by means of observations and measurements, the figures and areas of large portions of the earth's surface, or the general figure and dimenshions of the earth; or that branch of surveying in which the curvature of the earth is taken into account, as in the surveys of States, or of long lines of coast.

Definition of Geodesy

1. Noun. (scientific Scientific) discipline that deals with the measurement and representation of (earth), its (gravitational) field and (geodynamic) phenomena (polar motion, earth tides, and crustal motion) in three?dimensional, time?varying space. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Geodesy

1. geographical surveying [n -SIES]

Medical Definition of Geodesy

1. That branch of applied mathematics which determines, by means of observations and measurements, the figures and areas of large portions of the earth's surface, or the general figure and dimenshions of the earth; or that branch of surveying in which the curvature of the earth is taken into account, as in the surveys of States, or of long lines of coast. Origin: Gr., the earth + to divide: cf. F. Geodesie. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Geodesy

geodemographically
geodemographics
geodemography
geodephagous
geodes
geodesic
geodesic dome
geodesic domes
geodesic line
geodesical
geodesically
geodesics
geodesies
geodesist
geodesists
geodesy (current term)
geodetic
geodetic effect
geodetical
geodetically
geodetics
geodic
geodiferous
geodimeter
geodimeters
geodome
geodomes
geoducks
geodynamic

Literary usage of Geodesy

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1916)
"The results of the work are most important and far-reaching to geodesy, geography, geology, and the other earth sciences. ..."

2. The Foundations of Science: Science and Hypothesis, The Value of Science by Henri Poincaré (1913)
"Now, this framework is given us by geodesic measurements; so, without geodesy, no good map; without a good map, no great public works. ..."

3. Scientific American Reference Book by Albert Allis Hopkins, Alexander Russell Bond (1904)
"CENTRAL BUREAU OF INTERNATIONAL geodesy ESTABLISHED UPON THE ... object of the Geodetic Institute is to cultivate geodesy by scientific researches, ..."

4. The Geographical Journal by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain). (1908)
"geodesy. ' Missions Scientifiques pour la Mesure d'un aro de Méridien au ... B, Y. These reports of an interesting piece of geodesy and exploration, ..."

5. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1889)
"Pertaining to geodesy or to surveying.—2. Pertaining to the extension of theorems ... In a geodetic manner; iii accordance with the principles of geodesy. ..."

6. Experimental Electrical Engineering and Manual for Electrical Testing for ...by Vladimir Karapetoff by Vladimir Karapetoff (1911)
"... 1 25 Crandall's Text-book on geodesy and Least Squares 8vo, 3 00 Davis's Elevation and Stadia Tables 8vo, 1 00 Elliott's Engineering for Land Drainage ..."

7. Geodetic Surveying and the Adjustment of Observations (method of Least Squares) by Edward Lovering Ingram (1911)
"Modem geodesy practically began in the seventeenth century in the time of ... The Scope of geodesy originally involved only the shape of the earth and its ..."

8. Bulletin of the Philosophical Society of Washington by Philosophical Society of Washington (1906)
"\J vvu' -< RECENT PROGRESSION geodesy. BT JOHN FILLMORE HAYFORD. ... It is not necessary to review the recent progress in geodesy in foreign countries, ..."

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