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  1. an imaginary surface that coincides with mean sea level in the ocean and its extension through the continents.
  2. the geometric figure formed by this surface, an ellipsoid flattened at the poles.
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Origin of geoid

First recorded in 1880–85, geoid is from the Greek word geoeidḗs earthlike. See geo-, -oid
Related formsge·oi·dal, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Then there was the question of geoidal deformation, on which he had remained unaccountably silent.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 156, March 19, 1919


British Dictionary definitions for geoidal


  1. a hypothetical surface that corresponds to mean sea level and extends at the same level under the continents
  2. the shape of the earth
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geoidal in Science


  1. The hypothetical surface of the Earth that coincides everywhere with mean sea level and is perpendicular, at every point, to the direction of gravity. The geoid is used as a reference surface for astronomical measurements and for the accurate measurement of elevations on the Earth's surface.
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