### What does **geodesic** mean?

## Definitions for **geodesic**ˌdʒi əˈdɛs ɪk, -ˈdi sɪk

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### Princeton's WordNet

geodesic, geodesic line(adj)

(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)

geodetic, geodesic, geodesical(adj)

of or relating to or determined by geodesy

### Wiktionary

geodesic(Noun)

the shortest line between two points on a specific surface

geodesic(Adjective)

of or relating to geodesy

geodesic(Adjective)

of or relating to a geodesic dome

### Webster Dictionary

Geodesic(adj)

alt. of Geodesical

Geodesic(noun)

a geodetic line or curve

### Freebase

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

Chaldean Numerology

The numerical value of geodesic in Chaldean Numerology is:

**4**Pythagorean Numerology

The numerical value of geodesic in Pythagorean Numerology is:

**4**

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