American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A domed or vaulted structure of straight elements that form interlocking polygons.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A domelike structure invented by R. Buckminster Fuller, in which straight structural parts are connected to form interlocking polygons, affording great strength and rigidity combined with light weight. The typical form has the outlines of the top half of an icosahedron, with the triangular spaces filled with structural members forming triangles, hexagons, and squares.
- n. a lightweight dome constructed of interlocking polygons; invented by R. Buckminster Fuller
“Mary was living in a perfect miniature geodesic dome of hazel rods joined at the intersections of the hexagons by starfish of copper plumbing pipe flattened at the centre and held together by a thumbscrew nut and bolt.”
“The Imperial Loo-chim’s receiving room was a white geodesic dome with billowing draperies that resembled thin waterfalls.”
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