great circle route

great circle route
A route, taken by intercontinental aircraft for instance, which is the shortest distance between two destinations on the surface of the Earth; an arc of a great circle.
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  • great circle route — ▪ navigation       the shortest course between two points on the surface of a sphere. It lies in a plane that intersects the sphere s centre and was known by mathematicians before the time of Columbus. Until the 19th century ships generally… …   Universalium

  • great-circle route — The route that follows the shortest arc of a great circle between two points. See great circle course …   Aviation dictionary

  • great circle route — noun the air route which follows the great circle between two points, i.e., the shortest route …  

  • Great circle — For fictional interstellar organization called Great Circle, see Andromeda (novel). A great circle divides the sphere in two equal hemispheres A great circle, also known as a Riemannian circle, of a sphere is the intersection of the sphere and a… …   Wikipedia

  • great circle — noun a) A circle defined as the intersection of the surface of a sphere and a plane which passes through the centre of the sphere. Wherever a navigator may be, it certainly would be to his advantage to be able to find the great circle, or… …   Wiktionary

  • great circle — n. any circle described on the surface of a sphere by a plane which passes through the center of the sphere; specif., such a circle on the earth s surface: a course (great circle course) plotted along a great circle of the earth is the shortest… …   English World dictionary

  • Great-circle distance — The great circle distance is the shortest distance between any two points on the surface of a sphere measured along a path on the surface of the sphere (as opposed to going through the sphere s interior). Because spherical geometry is rather… …   Wikipedia

  • great circle — noun a circular line on the surface of a sphere formed by intersecting it with a plane passing through the center • Hypernyms: ↑line • Hyponyms: ↑celestial equator, ↑equinoctial circle, ↑equinoctial line, ↑equinoctial, ↑ecliptic, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • great-circle sailing — noun : the navigation or conducting of a ship on a great circle track or on a course determined in relation to a great circle track compare sailing * * * /grayt serr keuhl/, Navig. sailing between two points more or less according to an arc of a… …   Useful english dictionary

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