geodetic survey


Definition of 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, "The Untold Story of the Secret Mission to Seize Nazi Map Data," 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, "From the Family Station Wagon to the Apollo Lunar Rover, My Dad’s Engineering Talent Had No Limits," 9 July 2019

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First Known Use of geodetic survey

1880, in the meaning defined above

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“Geodetic survey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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