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geodesic

1. relating to or involving the geometry of curved surfaces
2. the shortest line between two points on a curved or plane surface
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geodesic

[¦jē·ə¦des·ik]
(mathematics)
A curve joining two points in a Riemannian manifold which has minimum length.
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geodesic

geodesic
Great circle is the shortest distance between two points.
The shortest distance between two points on any surface. The shortest distance between two places on earth derived mathematically is called a geodetic line.
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