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# 8.8. Geometric Types

Geometric data types represent two-dimensional spatial objects. Table 8-20 shows the geometric types available in PostgreSQL.

**Table 8-20. Geometric Types**

Name | Storage Size | Description | Representation |
---|---|---|---|

point | 16 bytes | Point on a plane | (x,y) |

line | 32 bytes | Infinite line | {A,B,C} |

lseg | 32 bytes | Finite line segment | ((x1,y1),(x2,y2)) |

box | 32 bytes | Rectangular box | ((x1,y1),(x2,y2)) |

path | 16+16n bytes | Closed path (similar to polygon) | ((x1,y1),...) |

path | 16+16n bytes | Open path | [(x1,y1),...] |

polygon | 40+16n bytes | Polygon (similar to closed path) | ((x1,y1),...) |

circle | 24 bytes | Circle | <(x,y),r> (center point and radius) |

A rich set of functions and operators is available to perform various geometric operations such as scaling, translation, rotation, and determining intersections. They are explained in Section 9.11.

## 8.8.1. Points

Points are the fundamental two-dimensional building block for geometric
types. Values of type `point` are specified using either of
the following syntaxes:

(,x)y,xy

where ` x` and

`are the respective coordinates, as floating-point numbers.`

*y*Points are output using the first syntax.

## 8.8.2. Lines

Lines are represented by the linear
equation ` A`x +

`y +`

*B*`= 0, where`

*C*`and`

*A*`are not both zero. Values of type`

*B*`line`are input and output in the following form:

{,A,B}C

Alternatively, any of the following forms can be used for input:

[ (,x1) , (y1,x2) ] ( (y2,x1) , (y1,x2) ) (y2,x1) , (y1,x2)y2,x1,y1,x2y2

where
`(x1,y1)`
and

`(`are two different points on the line.

`,`*x2*`)`*y2*## 8.8.3. Line Segments

Line segments are represented by pairs of points that are the endpoints
of the segment. Values of type `lseg` are specified using any
of the following syntaxes:

[ (,x1) , (y1,x2) ] ( (y2,x1) , (y1,x2) ) (y2,x1) , (y1,x2)y2,x1,y1,x2y2

where
`(x1,y1)`
and

`(`are the end points of the line segment.

`,`*x2*`)`*y2*Line segments are output using the first syntax.

## 8.8.4. Boxes

Boxes are represented by pairs of points that are opposite
corners of the box.
Values of type `box` are specified using any of the following
syntaxes:

( (,x1) , (y1,x2) ) (y2,x1) , (y1,x2)y2,x1,y1,x2y2

where
`(x1,y1)`
and

`(`are any two opposite corners of the box.

`,`*x2*`)`*y2*Boxes are output using the second syntax.

Any two opposite corners can be supplied on input, but the values will be reordered as needed to store the upper right and lower left corners, in that order.

## 8.8.5. Paths

Paths are represented by lists of connected points. Paths can be
*open*, where
the first and last points in the list are considered not connected, or
*closed*,
where the first and last points are considered connected.

Values of type `path` are specified using any of the following
syntaxes:

[ (,x1) , ... , (y1,xn) ] ( (yn,x1) , ... , (y1,xn) ) (yn,x1) , ... , (y1,xn) (yn,x1, ... ,y1,xn)yn,x1, ... ,y1,xnyn

where the points are the end points of the line segments
comprising the path. Square brackets (`[]`) indicate
an open path, while parentheses (`()`) indicate a
closed path. When the outermost parentheses are omitted, as
in the third through fifth syntaxes, a closed path is assumed.

Paths are output using the first or second syntax, as appropriate.

## 8.8.6. Polygons

Polygons are represented by lists of points (the vertexes of the polygon). Polygons are very similar to closed paths, but are stored differently and have their own set of support routines.

Values of type `polygon` are specified using any of the
following syntaxes:

( (,x1) , ... , (y1,xn) ) (yn,x1) , ... , (y1,xn) (yn,x1, ... ,y1,xn)yn,x1, ... ,y1,xnyn

where the points are the end points of the line segments comprising the boundary of the polygon.

Polygons are output using the first syntax.

## 8.8.7. Circles

Circles are represented by a center point and radius.
Values of type `circle` are specified using any of the
following syntaxes:

< (,x) ,y> ( (r,x) ,y) (r,x) ,yr,x,yr

where
`(x,y)`
is the center point and

`is the radius of the circle.`

*r*Circles are output using the first syntax.