geo·​de·​sic | \ ˌjē-ə-ˈde-sik How to pronounce geodesic (audio) , -ˈdē-, -zik How to pronounce geodesic (audio) \

Definition of geodesic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : geodetic
2 : made of light straight structural elements mostly in tension a geodesic dome



Definition of geodesic (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The farm consists of a pair of greenhouses — a geodesic dome and a hangar-like tunnel — draped in plastic sheeting. Markian Hawryluk, CNN, "In one of the country's 'healthiest' states, obesity plagues black and Hispanic people," 3 Aug. 2019 There was only one presidential candidate on stage during last night’s debates who has ever lived in a geodesic dome, led a room of hand-holding moguls in prayer at David Geffen’s 48th birthday party or officiated a wedding at Neverland Ranch. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: The uniquely California rise of Marianne Williamson," 31 July 2019 Canada: Dômes Charlevoix Glamping in Canada will never be the same, thanks to these sleek-but-chic geodesic dwellings. National Geographic, "Pop into amazing bubble hotels around the world," 10 May 2019 Before employing the fleet of buzzing machines, Chaltiel worked with a team of students to build a lightweight geodesic timber frame and cover it with a light formwork of burlap sacks filled with sand. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Mud-spraying drones could help build emergency shelters," 27 Sep. 2018 There is perhaps no more enduring symbol of the futuristic American home than the geodesic dome, patented by architect Buckminster Fuller in 1954, then popularized in the ’60s and ’70s. Adrienne Gaffney, WSJ, "Back to the Futuristic Home," 2 Apr. 2019 Kitty and Michael Mrache, the geodesic dome's superhosts, have been listing this cabin on Airbnb since July 2009—and have held the title of Most Popular Airbnb since then, with 2,346 bookings to date. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "The World’s Most-Visited Airbnb of All Time is A Mushroom Dome in California," 29 Mar. 2019 Blending a classic pinecone shape with the geometric elements of a geodesic dome, the result is a 5.5-ton steel and California Redwood house that glimmers both inside and out. Megan Barber, Curbed, "You can buy this tiny treehouse shaped like a pinecone," 11 Dec. 2018 The antennas sit inside plastic, geodesic radomes of varying sizes. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "Inside the Arctic Circle, Golden Hour Has Nothing on Golden Day," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

From shipping container retreats to backyard sheds to geodesic domes, manufacturers are turning to Amazon to sell kit homes and easy-to-assemble structures that make DIY easy. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Amazon is selling a tiny cabin for $19K," 8 July 2019 The structure is inspired by architect and engineer Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Amazon is selling a $1,200 geodesic dome kit for your backyard," 21 June 2019 The Catalog gave readers access to plans for Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic domes and guides to everything from cheap travel to boatbuilding. Fred Turner, Harper's magazine, "Machine Politics," 10 Jan. 2019 Kreuzkogel, its peak, climbs to 2,686 meters and is topped with a beloved glass and aluminum geodesic dome designed by architect Gerhard Garstenauer. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "This Austrian Spa and Ski Town Is Straight Out of a Wes Anderson Film," 11 Jan. 2019 On the Yoga Gardens website, there’s a rendering: three geodesic domes and 11 yurts, surrounded by native vegetation, vegetable gardens and fruit trees. Heidi Stevens,, "How a yoga garden nourishes the soul of a West Side block," 5 July 2018 Everything—the data center, its geodesic domes and the snowy landscape surrounding them—drips with exquisite shades of pink, purple and gold. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "Inside the Arctic Circle, Golden Hour Has Nothing on Golden Day," 8 June 2018 Rocket Lab announced on Wednesday that a carbon fiber geodesic sphere measuring about 3 feet in diameter had secretly hitched a ride aboard the rocket. Lisa Ruth Rand, Popular Mechanics, "Space-Spotting: How To See Humanity Star and Other Objects in Orbit," 26 Jan. 2018 In this future, the weirdos dress like leather punks or David Bowie lookalikes, and the geodesic headgear of memory-wipers might be purchased at Urban Outfitters. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Cheerful Radicalism of Janelle Monáe," 28 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of geodesic


1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1883, in the meaning defined above

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