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geodesic dome

noun
1.
a light, domelike structure developed by R. Buckminster Fuller to combine the properties of the tetrahedron and the sphere and consisting essentially of a grid of compression or tension members lying upon or parallel to great circles running in three directions in any given area, the typical form being the projection upon a sphere of an icosahedron, the triangular faces of which are filled with a symmetrical triangular, hexagonal, or quadrangular grid.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60
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  • Each rink would be covered with a geodesic dome, built by local prison inmates who would thus gain valuable job skills.
  • Fuller whose famous geodesic dome is based on the idea that the triangle is the strongest structure in nature.
British Dictionary definitions for geodesic dome

geodesic dome

noun
1.
a light structural framework arranged as a set of polygons in the form of a shell and covered with sheeting made of plastic, plywood, metal, etc; developed by Buckminster Fuller
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geodesic dome in Science
geodesic dome  
A domed or vaulted structure of straight elements that form interlocking polygons.
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Encyclopedia Article for geodesic dome

spherical form in which lightweight triangular or polygonal facets consisting of either skeletal struts or flat planes, largely in tension, replace the arch principle and distribute stresses within the structure itself. It was developed in the 20th century by American engineer and architect R. Buckminster Fuller.

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