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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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 The show, which ran for six weeks in 1959, featured a geodesic dome in Sokolniki Park housing exhibits on 300,000 square feet of floor space. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Philip George, Designer of Elegant Restaurants, Dies at 94," 7 June 2018 Detractors says that although permanent geodesic domes use conventional materials, there is more building material waste. Janet Eastman,, "Dreamy orphaned dome home, finally completed, is for sale (photos)," 31 May 2018 Raised in a geodesic dome on the teachings of Buckminster Fuller, a teen rebels and starts a punk band. Times Staff,, "L.A. movie openings, April 27," 22 Apr. 2018 Also part of the viewscape is the top of the 185-foot stone and glass tower and geodesic dome of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center. Peter Marteka,, "A Forest Where All Can Sit On A Throne," 29 Apr. 2018 Their styles vary: geodesic domes, or futuristic inflatable bubbles, or classic Central Asian yurts. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "Luxury Pop-Up Hotels Are the Ultimate New Travel Adventure," 13 Mar. 2018 Seminole County officials also estimated their county has 1 million cubic yards of storm debris to get rid of — enough to fill Spaceship Earth, EPCOT’s geodesic sphere, about 12 times. Stephen Hudak,, "Hurricane Irma debris: Removal could take weeks, officials urge patience," 13 Sep. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 HeimPlanet’s most distinguishing feature is its use of inflatable geodesic poles. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "The Tent Starring in Netflix's Latest Sci-Fi Series," 23 Apr. 2018 Most photos are made either at mine or my subject’s home, my studio (a geodesic yurt in Mount Washington), or out on walks, seeking microcosms and miniature universes underfoot. Andrea Alonso, Los Angeles Magazine, "This L.A. Photographer Captures the Female Form in Stunning and Intimate Ways," 5 Mar. 2018 This path is known as the geodesic or great circle route -- the most efficient way to get from the origin to the destination on a sphere. Kori Rumore And Jemal R. Brinson,, "More international travel? O'Hare International Airport's longest nonstop flights," 2 Mar. 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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