geodetic survey

  1. 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

Words Nearby geodetic survey Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use geodetic survey in a sentence

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

    Vistas in Sicily | Arthur Stanley Riggs
  • The channel has been mapped by the Coast and geodetic survey and is plainly marked at all critical points.

  • Etching on copper for chart publication has been recently developed in the Coast and geodetic survey.

    Nautical Charts | G. R. Putnam

Scientific definitions for geodetic survey

geodetic survey

  1. 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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