## Definitions for geodesicˌdʒi əˈdɛs ɪk, -ˈdi sɪk

### Princeton's WordNet(0.00 / 0 votes)Rate this definition:

(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)

of or relating to or determined by geodesy

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1. geodesic(Noun)

the shortest line between two points on a specific surface

of or relating to geodesy

of or relating to a geodesic dome

### Webster Dictionary(0.00 / 0 votes)Rate this definition:

alt. of Geodesical

2. Geodesic(noun)

a geodetic line or curve

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1. Geodesic

In mathematics, particularly differential geometry, a geodesic is a generalization of the notion of a "straight line" to "curved spaces". In the presence of an affine connection, a geodesic is defined to be a curve whose tangent vectors remain parallel if they are transported along it. If this connection is the Levi-Civita connection induced by a Riemannian metric, then the geodesics are the shortest path between points in the space. The term "geodesic" comes from geodesy, the science of measuring the size and shape of Earth; in the original sense, a geodesic was the shortest route between two points on the Earth's surface, namely, a segment of a great circle. The term has been generalized to include measurements in much more general mathematical spaces; for example, in graph theory, one might consider a geodesic between two vertices/nodes of a graph. Geodesics are of particular importance in general relativity, as they describe the motion of inertial test particles.

### Numerology

1. Chaldean Numerology

The numerical value of geodesic in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

2. Pythagorean Numerology

The numerical value of geodesic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

# Translations for geodesic

### From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

• geodätisch, Geodäte
• geodésica, geodésico
• gagnvegur
• geodetico
• geodetisch
• geodésico

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