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hydrosphere

[hahy-druh-sfeer] /ˈhaɪ drəˌsfɪər/
noun
1.
the water on or surrounding the surface of the globe, including the water of the oceans and the water in the atmosphere.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; hydro-1 + -sphere
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hydrosphere

/ˈhaɪdrəˌsfɪə/
noun
1.
the watery part of the earth's surface, including oceans, lakes, water vapour in the atmosphere, etc
Derived Forms
hydrospheric, adjective
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Word Origin and History for hydrosphere
n.

1887, from hydro- + sphere.

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hydrosphere
  (hī'drə-sfîr')   
All of the Earth's water, including surface water (water in oceans, lakes, and rivers), groundwater (water in soil and beneath the Earth's surface), snowcover, ice, and water in the atmosphere, including water vapor. Compare asthenosphere, atmosphere, lithosphere.

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