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Word of the Day – Geodesy

By February 17, 2021Word of the Day

Geodesy (noun)

jee-od-es-ee

The branch of mathematics dealing with the shape and area of the earth or large portions of it.

Late 16th century from modern Latin geodaesia, from Greek geōdaisia, from gē ‘earth’ + daiein ‘divide’.

Example sentences

“The course included applications of mathematics to astronomy, geodesy and technology.”

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