Origin of great circle
Examples from the Web for great circle
This is not great-circle sailing, and the ship so navigated does not take the shortest path.
It is by no means improbable that Cabot, who was an expert navigator, knew that great-circle sailing gave the shorter course.In Northern Mists (Volume 2 of 2)|Fridtjof Nansen
Our voyaging is only great-circle sailing, and the doctors prescribe for diseases of the skin merely.Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience|Henry David Thoreau