geodesist, n.
/jee od"euh see/, n.
the branch of applied mathematics that deals with the measurement of the shape and area of large tracts of country, the exact position of geographical points, and the curvature, shape, and dimensions of the earth.
Also, geodetics /jee'euh det"iks/.
[1560-70; < F géodésie < Gk geodaisía, equiv. to geo- GEO- + daí(ein) to divide + -sia, var. of -ia -IA (generalized from stems ending in t)]

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Scientific discipline concerned with the size and shape of the Earth, its gravitational field, and the location of fixed points.

Originally, all geodesic work was based on land surveys. Now satellites are used in conjunction with the land-based system.

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      scientific discipline concerned with the precise figure of the Earth and its determination and significance. Until the advent of satellites, all geodesic work was based on land surveys made by triangulation methods employing a geodesic coordinate system (one used to study the geometry of curved surfaces). It is now possible to use satellites in conjunction with the land-based system to refine knowledge of the Earth's shape and dimensions; this endeavour is sometimes termed satellite geodesy.

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(on a large scale, as when the curvature of the earth is taken into account)

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