great circle

Noun

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Noun

**great circle** (*plural* great circles)

- (
*geometry*) A circle defined as the intersection of the surface of a sphere and a plane which passes through the centre of the sphere. - A segment of such circle representing the shortest distance between two points on the surface of a sphere.
**1902**, S. L. Penfield, "Use of the Stereographic Projection for Geographical Maps and Sailing Charts", in*American Journal of Science*- Wherever a navigator may be, it certainly would be to his advantage to be able to find the
**great circle**, or shortest course, and the distance, to his port of destination, [....]

- Wherever a navigator may be, it certainly would be to his advantage to be able to find the
**2003**, Jeff Toghill,*The Navigator's Handbook: Essential Methods and Equipment--and how to Use Them*- The shortest distance between two points on an ocean Mercator chart is not a straight line - it is a curve known as a
**'great circle**'.

- The shortest distance between two points on an ocean Mercator chart is not a straight line - it is a curve known as a

- Synonyms: great-circle arc

- French: grand cercle
- German: Großkreis

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