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geodetic survey

a land area survey in which the curvature of the surface of the earth is taken into account.
Origin of geodetic survey
An Americanism dating back to 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The channel has been mapped by the Coast and geodetic survey and is plainly marked at all critical points.

  • Out of this giants missile the Italian authorities have made them a geodetic survey and hydrographic station.

    Vistas in Sicily Arthur Stanley Riggs
  • Etching on copper for chart publication has been recently developed in the Coast and geodetic survey.

    Nautical Charts G. R. Putnam
  • He was fifty-six years in the Coast and geodetic survey, retiring as its disbursing officer.

    A Portrait of Old George Town Grace Dunlop Ecker
geodetic survey in Science
geodetic survey  
A survey of a large area of land in which corrections are made to account for the curvature of the Earth.
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