geodetic survey


: a survey of a large land area in which corrections are made for the curvature of the earth's surface

Examples of geodetic survey in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike a traditional survey used to determine property lines or mark the route for a new road, a geodetic survey of a region accounts for the curvature of the Earth and even variations in this curvature. Greg Miller, Smithsonian, 23 Oct. 2019 My father’s military experience with satellites to map a geodetic survey of the Earth’s surface (initially for locating Soviet missile sites) would turn out to be useful for the moon. David A. Taylor, Smithsonian, 9 July 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of geodetic survey was in 1880

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“Geodetic survey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

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geodetic survey

geo·​det·​ic survey
: a survey of a large land area in which corrections are made for the curving of the earth's surface
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