geography

noun ge·og·ra·phy \ jē-ˈä-grə-fē \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of geography

plural geographies
1 :a science that deals with the description, distribution, and interaction of the diverse physical, biological, and cultural features of the earth's surface
2 :the geographic features of an area
3 :a treatise on geography
4 a :a delineation or systematic arrangement of constituent elements :configuration
  • the philosophers … have tried to construct geographies of human reason
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b :makeup 1
  • her emotional geography

Examples of geography in a Sentence

  1. studying the geography of the western United States

  2. the geography of the region matches ancient descriptions of the location of the lost city

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Origin and Etymology of geography

Latin geographia, from Greek geōgraphia, from geōgraphein to describe the earth's surface, from geō- + graphein to write — more at carve

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GEOGRAPHY Defined for English Language Learners

geography

noun

Definition of geography for English Language Learners

  • : an area of study that deals with the location of countries, cities, rivers, mountains, lakes, etc.

  • : the natural features (such as rivers, mountains, etc.) of a place


GEOGRAPHY Defined for Kids

geography

noun ge·og·ra·phy \ jē-ˈä-grə-fē \

Definition of geography for Students

1 :a science that deals with the location of living and nonliving things on earth and the way they affect one another
2 :the natural features of an area
  • the geography of the western United States


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