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# geodesy

[jee-od-uh-see] /dʒiˈɒd ə si/
noun
1.
the branch of applied mathematics that deals with the measurement of the shape and area of large tracts of country, the exact position of geographical points, and the curvature, shape, and dimensions of the earth.
Also, geodetics
[jee-uh-det-iks] /ˌdʒi əˈdɛt ɪks/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of geodesy
1560-1570
1560-70; < French géodésie < Greek geōdaisía, equivalent to geō- geo- + daí(ein) to divide + -sia, variant of -ia -ia (generalized from stems ending in t)
Related forms
geodesist, noun
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Historical Examples
• geodesy of right lines is two fold; of one distance, or of two.

Peter Ramus
• The first geodesy or manner of measuring of heighths is thus.

Peter Ramus
• And this is the geodesy or manner of measuring of an Icosaedrum.

Peter Ramus
• Professor Woodward has published many papers on subjects in astronomy, geodesy, mathematics and mechanics.

• That in civil engineering affords continuous field practice in geodesy and hydraulics during about a month.

• geodesy, je-od′e-si, n. a science whose object is to measure the earth and its parts on a large scale.

• Ever since, the activity of French geodesy has never slackened.

• Thirdly, the hands must be steady; for if they shake, the proportion of the geodesy must needes be troubled and uncertaine.

Peter Ramus
• geodesy of one distance is when the measurer for the finding of the desired dimension doth not change his place of standing.

Peter Ramus
• And thus much of the geodesy of right lines, by the meanes of rectangled triangles: It followeth now of the triangulate.

Peter Ramus
British Dictionary definitions for geodesy

## geodesy

/dʒɪˈɒdɪsɪ/
noun
1.
the branch of science concerned with determining the exact position of geographical points and the shape and size of the earth
Derived Forms
geodesist, noun
Word Origin
C16: from French géodésie, from Greek geōdaisia, from geo- + daiein to divide
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Word Origin and History for geodesy
n.

1560s, "surveying," from Modern Latin geodaesia, from Greek geodaisia "division of the earth;" ultimately from ge "earth" (see Gaia) + stem of daiein "divide."

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geodesy in Science
 geodesy   (jē-ŏd'ĭ-sē)    The scientific study of the size and shape of the Earth, its field of gravity, and such varying phenomena as the motion of the magnetic poles and the tides.geodetic adjective
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