geodesic line


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geodesic line

[¦jē·ə¦des·ik ′līn]
(mathematics)
The shortest line between two points on a mathematically derived surface.
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geodesic line

The shortest line, on a mathematically derived surface, between two points. Also called geodesic. A geodesic line on the spheroidal earth is called a geodetic line. It is a portion of the great-circle arc. See geodesic.
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