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geophysics

[jee-oh-fiz-iks] /ˌdʒi oʊˈfɪz ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
the branch of geology that deals with the physics of the earth and its atmosphere, including oceanography, seismology, volcanology, and geomagnetism.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; geo- + physics
Related forms
geophysical, adjective
geophysically, adverb
geophysicist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for geophysical

geophysical

/ˌdʒiːəʊˈfɪzɪkəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to geophysics

geophysics

/ˌdʒiːəʊˈfɪzɪks/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) the study of the earth's physical properties and of the physical processes acting upon, above, and within the earth. It includes seismology, geomagnetism, meteorology, and oceanography
Derived Forms
geophysicist, noun
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Word Origin and History for geophysical
adj.

1888, from geo- "earth" + physical (adj.).

geophysics

n.

1889, from geo- + physics.

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geophysical in Science
geophysics
  (jē'ō-fĭz'ĭks)   
The scientific study of the physical characteristics of the Earth, including its hydrosphere and atmosphere, and of the Earth's relationship to the rest of the universe.
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geophysics definition


The science devoted to the study of the physical properties and processes of geological phenomena, including fields such as meteorology, oceanography, and seismology.

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