geodesic line

geodesic line

noun
the shortest line lying on a given surface and connecting two given points.

Origin:
1885–90

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geodesic line

noun
(mathematics) the shortest line between two points on a mathematically defined surface (as a straight line on a plane or an arc of a great circle on a sphere) [syn: geodesic
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