geodesic

adjective
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

geodesic

noun

Definition of geodesic (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of geodesic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Twentieth-century artifacts still gamely chugging along, these notices offer all kinds of enticements: a farmhouse in the Dordogne or Tuscany, a kit for constructing a geodesic dome, a massage of uncertain propriety. Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books, 15 May 2020 Twentieth-century artifacts still gamely chugging along, these notices offer all kinds of enticements: a farmhouse in the Dordogne or Tuscany, a kit for constructing a geodesic dome, a massage of uncertain propriety. Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books, 15 May 2020 Landing on Hulu and digital platforms, the film focuses on Biosphere 2, a strange experiment designed to prepare humans to colonize space by having a group of eight live in a geodesic dome in Arizona for two years. Brian Lowry, CNN, 7 May 2020 Twentieth-century artifacts still gamely chugging along, these notices offer all kinds of enticements: a farmhouse in the Dordogne or Tuscany, a kit for constructing a geodesic dome, a massage of uncertain propriety. Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books, 29 Apr. 2020 Twentieth-century artifacts still gamely chugging along, these notices offer all kinds of enticements: a farmhouse in the Dordogne or Tuscany, a kit for constructing a geodesic dome, a massage of uncertain propriety. Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books, 21 Apr. 2020 This remodeled geodesic dome in the Sycamore Rocks area features triangular skylights, tall ceilings and solar panels to cut down on bills. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2019 Twentieth-century artifacts still gamely chugging along, these notices offer all kinds of enticements: a farmhouse in the Dordogne or Tuscany, a kit for constructing a geodesic dome, a massage of uncertain propriety. Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books, 14 Apr. 2020 Octavia now terminates in a long, grassy park with a geodesic children's play structure at one end. Adam Rogers, Wired, 1 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the 2019 competition, the top Erie Hack prize went to a team called TACSO, which stands for trap and contain storm water objects, for the development of a geodesic dome that catches garbage before if flows into Lake Erie. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 15 Sep. 2021 The current two-story restaurant with a gift shop and a rooftop geodesic dome reopened in 2002, and before the pandemic, the location was grossing $12 million in annual sales. Amanda Albee, Dallas News, 9 Sep. 2021 In the early 1960s—in the real world—a wealthy Japanese developer commissioned Buckminster Fuller, the architect who popularized the geodesic dome, to build Triton City on the water in Tokyo Bay. Elissaveta M. Brandon, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Aug. 2021 Because, as Fuller explained, a sphere contained the greatest volume within the least surface area, the geodesic dome could reduce both material and economic waste, an early proposition for a sustainable, egalitarian architecture. New York Times, 2 Aug. 2021 The renowned American architect credited with popularizing the geodesic dome visited the abode. Nancy Ngo, Star Tribune, 19 July 2021 The inflatable tent is designed to withstand heavy rain and intense wind of up to 110 miles per hour with its geodesic frame, but also to pop up in mere minutes with a single air valve system. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, 11 June 2021 As the holidays approached, one of Daney’s classes was building a geodesic dome house using straws, pipecleaners and foam board. Washington Post, 27 Nov. 2020 Events there feature live bands playing music with kaleidoscopic visuals projected onto a planetarium-like geodesic dome above audiences’ heads. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 8 June 2021

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First Known Use of geodesic

Adjective

1821, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1883, in the meaning defined above

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“Geodesic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/geodesic. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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