oceanographical

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