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geo·​de·​sic ˌjē-ə-ˈde-sik How to pronounce geodesic (audio) -ˈdē- How to pronounce geodesic (audio)
: made of light straight structural elements mostly in tension
a geodesic dome


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: the shortest line between two points that lies in a given surface

Examples of geodesic in a Sentence

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Read Next ‘Pretty rare’ geodesic dome home in this Sacramento suburb for sale for $949,000. David Caraccio, Sacramento Bee, 16 May 2024 The Flemming brothers set up a 60-foot geodesic dome, a water wall and several art pieces. Steve Appleford, SPIN, 18 Apr. 2024 Ulysses Romero didn’t even have time to take a shine to this glassy geodesic dome before deciding to flip it back onto the market. Wendy Bowman, Robb Report, 11 Apr. 2024 Each geodesic dome has its own kitchenette, with a fridge, cooktop, and a small seating area. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 9 Apr. 2024 Great for areas with high winds, geodesic tents are a more intense version of a dome-style tent. Meg Carney, Field & Stream, 27 Sep. 2023 Both lodging types have a standing telescope for exploring the night sky but after dark, the geodesic dome offers a little something extra: a partially clear ceiling that provides a widescreen view of the stars overhead. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 22 Mar. 2024 Now, the two are launching their own space, Gallucci Tull, in a geodesic dome at Tull’s Encina Artist Residency in Topanga Canyon. Michael Slenske, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Feb. 2024 With their unobstructed views of the northern lights, the transparent geodesic domes have basically become the unofficial mascot of astro-tourism. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 31 Oct. 2023
In fact, for curved spaces, the shortest path is what’s known as a geodesic: the generalization of a straight, flat line to a curved space. Adrienne Bernhard, Popular Mechanics, 20 Mar. 2023 The third and highest floor, accessed via a spiral staircase, is the geodesic dome, surrounded by a wraparound timber deck. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 2 Feb. 2023 The first large-span geodesic dome to be erected in North America—Weatherbreak—will be reconstructed for a two-week period through a partnership with Catholic University. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Jan. 2023 The city’s other hemispherical icon, the geodesic Gold Dome of Oklahoma City, still stands on Route 66. Dallas News, 27 Sep. 2022 The night culminated with a countdown as a glowing geodesic sphere 12 feet in diameter and weighing almost six tons descended from its lofty perch atop One Times Square. CBS News, 1 Jan. 2023 Just inside the Grand Army Plaza entrance to Prospect Park sits a clear geodesic structure, encased in wire mesh and filled with plants, tubes and canisters. New York Times, 1 July 2021 Repurposed billboards became casing for the geodesic dome; wood from defunct water towers became cabin walls. Zoë Lescaze, New York Times, 30 Sep. 2022 The visionary who brought the world the geodesic dome and the ‘Dymaxion House’ was a genius whose ideas didn’t always mesh with the world around him. Wsj Books Staff, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use


1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of geodesic was in 1821

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“Geodesic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: made of light short straight structural elements
a geodesic dome

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