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[oh-shuh-nog-ruh-fee, oh-shee-uh-] /ˌoʊ ʃəˈnɒg rə fi, ˌoʊ ʃi ə-/
the branch of physical geography dealing with the ocean.
Origin of oceanography
1855-60; ocean + -o- + -graphy
Related forms
oceanographer, noun
[oh-shuh-nuh-graf-ik] /ˌoʊ ʃə nəˈgræf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
oceanographical, adjective
oceanographically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for oceanographer
  • For example, a physical oceanographer might view a partnership with a biological oceanographer as multidisciplinary work.
  • Aquatic literature can be awfully dense for the non-oceanographer.
  • 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.
  • Generally, the scientist is a type of oceanographer.
British Dictionary definitions for oceanographer


/ˌəʊʃəˈnɒɡrəfɪ; ˌəʊʃɪə-/
the branch of science dealing with the physical, chemical, geological, and biological features of the oceans and ocean basins
Derived Forms
oceanographer, noun
oceanographic (ˌəʊʃənəˈɡræfɪk; ˌəʊʃɪə-), oceanographical, adjective
oceanographically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for oceanographer

1886, agent noun from oceanography.



1859, coined in English from ocean + -graphy; on analogy of geography. French océanographie is attested from 1580s but is said to have been rare before 1876. Related: Oceanographic.

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oceanographer in Science
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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