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geographical coordinates, geographic coordinates; terrestrial coordinates
1. The world-wide system of latitude and longitude used to define the location of any point on the earth's surface or to designate both geodetic coordinates and astronomical coordinates.
2. The quantities of latitude and longitude which define the position of a point on the surface of the earth with respect to the reference spheroid.
This entry is located in the following units: geo-, ge- + (page 10) grapho-, graph-, -graph, -graphy, -grapher, -graphia (page 37)
spherical coordinates, spherical polar coordinates, geographical coordinates
1. A system of curvilinear coordinates (co-ordinate system composed of intersecting surfaces) in which the position of a point in space is designated by its distance from the origin or pole, called the radius vector, the angle φ between the radius vector and a vertically directed polar axis, called the cone angle or co-latitude, and the angle θ between the plane of φ and a fixed meridian plane through the polar axis, called the polar angle or longitude.
2. A set of coordinates used for locating a point in space, representing its distance from an origin and two angles describing its orientation relative to perpendicular axes extending from that origin.
3. A system of coordinates for locating a point in space by the length of its radius vector and the angles this vector makes with two perpendicular polar planes.
This entry is located in the following units: geo-, ge- + (page 23) sphero-, spher-, -sphere- (page 12)