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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Geodetic  \Ge`o*det"ic\,  Geodetical  \Ge`o*det"ic*al\,  a. 
  Of  or  pertaining  to  geodesy;  obtained  or  determined  by  the 
  operations  of  geodesy;  engaged  in  geodesy;  geodesic;  as 
  geodetic  surveying;  geodetic  observers. 
  {Geodetic  line}  or  {curve},  the  shortest  line  that  can  be 
  drawn  between  two  points  on  the  elipsoidal  surface  of  the 
  earth;  a  curve  drawn  on  any  given  surface  so  that  the 
  osculating  plane  of  the  curve  at  every  point  shall  contain 
  the  normal  to  the  surface;  the  minimum  line  that  can  be 
  drawn  on  any  surface  between  any  two  points.