oceanography

[oh-shuh-nog-ruh-fee, oh-shee-uh-]
noun
the branch of physical geography dealing with the ocean.

Origin:
1855–60; ocean + -o- + -graphy

oceanographer, noun
oceanographic [oh-shuh-nuh-graf-ik] , oceanographical, adjective
oceanographically, adverb
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oceanography (ˌəʊʃəˈnɒɡrəfɪ, ˌəʊʃɪə-)
 
n
the branch of science dealing with the physical, chemical, geological, and biological features of the oceans and ocean basins
 
ocean'ographer
 
n
 
oceanographic
 
adj
 
oceano'graphical
 
adj
 
oceano'graphically
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

oceanography
coined in English, 1859, from ocean + Gk. -graphia "description," from graphein "to write" (about).

oceanographer
1886, from oceanography.
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oceanography   (ō'shə-nŏg'rə-fē)  Pronunciation Key 
The scientific study of oceans, the life that inhabits them, and their physical characteristics, including the depth and extent of ocean waters, their movement and chemical makeup, and the topography and composition of the ocean floors. Oceanography also includes ocean exploration. Also called oceanology.
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Example sentences
For example, a physical oceanographer might view a partnership with a
  biological oceanographer as multidisciplinary work.
As a sailor and oceanographer, it's easy to say that natural conditions never
  produce this kind of problem.
Tad is an expert oceanographer with precise knowledge about global warming not
  those weirdos pushing green economy.
His education and training as an oceanographer give him a special insight into
  photographing marine science.
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