ba·​thym·​e·​try | \ bə-ˈthi-mə-trē How to pronounce bathymetry (audio) \
plural bathymetries

Definition of bathymetry

: the measurement of water depth at various places in a body of water also : the information derived from such measurements

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Other Words from bathymetry

bathymetric \ ˌba-​thi-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce bathymetry (audio) \ or less commonly bathymetrical \ ˌba-​thi-​ˈme-​tri-​kəl How to pronounce bathymetry (audio) \ adjective
bathymetrically \ ˌba-​thi-​ˈme-​tri-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce bathymetry (audio) \ adverb

Examples of bathymetry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is also the point in which the unique swirling shape in the bathymetry off Pillar Point comes into play. Los Angeles Times, "Mavericks explodes with ‘best waves in 10 years,’ pioneering waterman says," 11 Dec. 2020 When shallow bathymetry slows down a part of a wave, this causes the waves to refract. Sally Warner, The Conversation, "What makes the world’s biggest surfable waves?," 3 Dec. 2020 The shape and depth of the ocean floor is called the bathymetry. Sally Warner, The Conversation, "What makes the world’s biggest surfable waves?," 3 Dec. 2020 The Pacific contains hundreds of islands and seamounts with suitable bathymetry, and a map of potential targets generated by the scientists is splotched with red. Jennifer Frazer, Scientific American, "Mining Rare-Earth Elements from...Fossilized Fish???," 21 Sep. 2020 The company chose Grand Passage for its New World debut because the channel’s bathymetry is known, the water runs fast and clear, and the site is easily accessed. Greta Rybus, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Push for Tidal Power Faces Its Biggest Challenge Yet," 10 Apr. 2020 What has been especially surprising to the NASA team, though, is how ICESat-2’s laser has been able to map the shallow water near various coastlines around the world — a measurement known as bathymetry. Jon Gertner, Scientific American, "How a New Wave of Orbiting Sentinels Is Changing Climate Science," 6 Jan. 2020 Winds pried apart homes board by board and what didn’t fly away, was drowned in the estimated 24.6-foot storm surge honed by the bathymetry of the coastline. Kimberly Miller,, "Hurricane Camille and the turbulent, violent 1969 storm season still have mysteries," 17 Aug. 2019 Modern ships like those that will be employed by Seabed 2030 are outfitted with multibeam bathymetry systems. Kyle Frischkorn, Smithsonian, "Why The First Complete Map of the Ocean Floor Is Stirring Controversial Waters," 13 July 2017

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First Known Use of bathymetry

circa 1855, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bathymetry

bathymetric "relating to measurement of depth and depth-related distribution of marine organisms" (from bathy- + -metric) + -y entry 2

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“Bathymetry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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