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oceanography

[oh-shuh-nog-ruh-fee, oh-shee-uh-] /ˌoʊ ʃəˈnɒg rə fi, ˌoʊ ʃi ə-/
noun
1.
the branch of physical geography dealing with the ocean.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; ocean + -o- + -graphy
Related forms
oceanographer, noun
oceanographic
[oh-shuh-nuh-graf-ik] /ˌoʊ ʃə nəˈgræf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
oceanographical, adjective
oceanographically, adverb
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Examples from the web for oceanography
  • The scientist is in to show off some special artifacts and talk to visitors about the wet and dry of oceanography.
  • Colorful characters and stunning descriptions propel your book, but chemistry and oceanography ground it.
  • She was my biology teacher and was also my oceanography teacher.
British Dictionary definitions for oceanography

oceanography

/ˌəʊʃəˈnɒɡrəfɪ; ˌəʊʃɪə-/
noun
1.
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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Contemporary definitions for oceanography
noun
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Word Origin and History for oceanography
n.

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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oceanography in Science
oceanography
  (ō'shə-nŏg'rə-fē)   
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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