geodetic

adjective
geo·​det·​ic | \ ˌjē-ə-ˈde-tik How to pronounce geodetic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly geodetical \ ˌjē-​ə-​ˈde-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce geodetical (audio) \

Definition of geodetic

: of, relating to, or determined by geodesy

Examples of geodetic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web David Mills, a mild-mannered geodetic engineer, and Edward Espenshade, the geographer, were more at ease with the G.I.s. Greg Miller, Smithsonian, "The Untold Story of the Secret Mission to Seize Nazi Map Data," 23 Oct. 2019 But because that approach doesn’t work on the open ocean, each continent remained isolated—there was no single geodetic network to link them together. Greg Miller, National Geographic, "How the U.S. Air Force Mapped the World at the Dawn of the Cold War," 28 Jan. 2017 Their main tool was something called HIRAN aerial geodetic surveying, which is nicely illustrated by a cartoon in the video (starting around the 3:55 mark). Greg Miller, National Geographic, "How the U.S. Air Force Mapped the World at the Dawn of the Cold War," 28 Jan. 2017 But because that approach doesn’t work on the open ocean, each continent remained isolated—there was no single geodetic network to link them together. Greg Miller, National Geographic, "How the U.S. Air Force Mapped the World at the Dawn of the Cold War," 28 Jan. 2017 The height will be calculated using a combination of geodetic data received from three mechanisms: leveling instrument, gravity meter and GPS. Sugam Pokharel, CNN, "How to measure a mountain: Everest height called into question," 21 June 2017 Their main tool was something called HIRAN aerial geodetic surveying, which is nicely illustrated by a cartoon in the video (starting around the 3:55 mark). Greg Miller, National Geographic, "How the U.S. Air Force Mapped the World at the Dawn of the Cold War," 28 Jan. 2017 A compilation of seismic and geodetic data leading up to the Eyjafjallajökull eruption. Erik Klemetti, WIRED, "The signs that lead to the Eyjafjallajökull eruption," 19 Nov. 2010 Thousands of specialists — glaciologists, geologists, geodetic engineers, wildlife biologists and many others — must travel to remote regions to better understand the effects of warming on the natural world. Justin Gillis, New York Times, "Gordon Hamilton on Warming in Greenland," 24 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of geodetic

circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for geodetic

geodesy; after such pairs as heresy : heretic

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“Geodetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/geodetic. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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