geodesic dome


noun

a light, domelike structure developed by R. Buckminster Fuller to combine the properties of the tetrahedron and the sphere and consisting essentially of a grid of compression or tension members lying upon or parallel to great circles running in three directions in any given area, the typical form being the projection upon a sphere of an icosahedron, the triangular faces of which are filled with a symmetrical triangular, hexagonal, or quadrangular grid.

Nearby words

  1. geocorona,
  2. geod.,
  3. geode,
  4. geodemographics,
  5. geodesic,
  6. geodesic line,
  7. geodesy,
  8. geodetic,
  9. geodetic latitude,
  10. geodetic longitude

Origin of geodesic dome

First recorded in 1955–60

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British Dictionary definitions for geodesic dome

geodesic dome

noun

a light structural framework arranged as a set of polygons in the form of a shell and covered with sheeting made of plastic, plywood, metal, etc; developed by Buckminster Fuller
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Science definitions for geodesic dome

geodesic dome

A domed or vaulted structure of straight elements that form interlocking polygons.
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