geodesy

noun
ge·​od·​e·​sy | \ jē-ˈä-də-sē How to pronounce geodesy (audio) \

Definition of geodesy

: a branch of applied mathematics concerned with the determination of the size and shape of the earth and the exact positions of points on its surface and with the description of variations of its gravity field

Other Words from geodesy

geodesist \ jē-​ˈä-​də-​sist How to pronounce geodesy (audio) \ noun

Examples of geodesy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That spells bad news for the regional tourism industry that relies on the glaciers, said Christoph Mayer, a senior scientist in the geodesy and glaciology group at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Munich. Victoria Milko, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Nov. 2021 But subsidence, or the gradual sinking of land, likely would not on its own cause a building to collapse, according to Wdowinski, whose expertise is in space geodesy, natural hazards and sea level rise. Laura Romero, ABC News, 3 Aug. 2021 But subsidence, or the gradual sinking of land, likely would not on its own cause a building to collapse, according to Wdowinski, whose expertise is in space geodesy, natural hazards and sea level rise. Laura Romero, ABC News, 3 Aug. 2021 But subsidence, or the gradual sinking of land, likely would not on its own cause a building to collapse, according to Wdowinski, whose expertise is in space geodesy, natural hazards and sea level rise. Laura Romero, ABC News, 3 Aug. 2021 But subsidence, or the gradual sinking of land, likely would not on its own cause a building to collapse, according to Wdowinski, whose expertise is in space geodesy, natural hazards and sea level rise. Laura Romero, ABC News, 3 Aug. 2021 But subsidence, or the gradual sinking of land, likely would not on its own cause a building to collapse, according to Wdowinski, whose expertise is in space geodesy, natural hazards and sea level rise. Laura Romero, ABC News, 3 Aug. 2021 But subsidence, or the gradual sinking of land, likely would not on its own cause a building to collapse, according to Wdowinski, whose expertise is in space geodesy, natural hazards and sea level rise. Laura Romero, ABC News, 3 Aug. 2021 But subsidence, or the gradual sinking of land, likely would not on its own cause a building to collapse, according to Wdowinski, whose expertise is in space geodesy, natural hazards and sea level rise. Laura Romero, ABC News, 3 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of geodesy

1853, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for geodesy

Greek geōdaisia, from geō- ge- + daiesthai to divide — more at tide entry 1

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17 Nov 2021

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“Geodesy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/geodesy. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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