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geoid

[jee-oid] /ˈdʒi ɔɪd/
noun
1.
an imaginary surface that coincides with mean sea level in the ocean and its extension through the continents.
2.
the geometric figure formed by this surface, an ellipsoid flattened at the poles.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; < Greek geoeidḗs earthlike. See geo-, -oid
Related forms
geoidal, adjective
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  • Since the geoid is so irregular, geoid undulations cannot be computed directly but must be determined point by point.
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geoid

/ˈdʒiːɔɪd/
noun
1.
a hypothetical surface that corresponds to mean sea level and extends at the same level under the continents
2.
the shape of the earth
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geoid
  (jē'oid')   
The hypothetical surface of the Earth that coincides everywhere with mean sea level and is perpendicular, at every point, to the direction of gravity. The geoid is used as a reference surface for astronomical measurements and for the accurate measurement of elevations on the Earth's surface.
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Encyclopedia Article for geoid

model of the figure of the Earth-i.e., of the planet's size and shape-that coincides with mean sea level over the oceans and continues in continental areas as an imaginary sea-level surface defined by spirit level. It serves as a reference surface from which topographic heights and ocean depths are measured. The scientific discipline concerned with the precise figure of the Earth and its determination and significance is known as geodesy.

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