geography

noun
ge·​og·​ra·​phy | \ jē-ˈä-grə-fē How to pronounce geography (audio) \
plural geographies

Definition of geography

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
4a : a delineation or systematic arrangement of constituent elements : configuration the philosophers … have tried to construct geographies of human reasonTimes Literary Supplement
b : makeup sense 1 her emotional geography

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Examples of geography in a Sentence

studying the geography of the western United States the geography of the region matches ancient descriptions of the location of the lost city

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He's be taking math, English, science, history, geography, religious studies, French, music, drama, ballet, and physical education this year—an education to fit a (future) king. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince George Is Learning About Outer Space in School, Kate Middleton Reveals," 15 Jan. 2019 Located nowhere in actual history or geography (or, maybe, human experience), a cinematic universe need not be limited by cultural specificity or nuance. Stephen Metcalf, The New Yorker, "How Superheroes Made Movie Stars Expendable," 19 May 2018 The simple deceptions of geography here are beguiling. Horatio Clare, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why You Should Go to Belize Now," 21 Dec. 2018 Part of the reason may lie in simple geography and recent history. Rick Gladstone, New York Times, "What Is Terrorism? Attacks in Canada and Belgium Reflect Uncertain Definition," 31 May 2018 The state's geography is particularly hospitable to renewable energy sources, says a new study authored by professors Joanna H. Slusarewicz and Daniel S. Cohan. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Texas Could Easily Generate Most of Its Energy Through Wind And Solar, Study Finds," 3 Jan. 2019 The geography of military installations is also a significant force. David Scharfenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "The US military: The greatest social engineering machine ever built," 9 June 2018 The geography of the boat is dynamic and multi-faceted, never claustrophobic. Katie Walsh, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Adrift’ is the tale of a young woman and the sea," 31 May 2018 Her work challenges the notion that geography is apolitical. Arica L. Coleman, Time, "Bias Training at Starbucks Is a Reminder That the History of Racism Is About Who Belongs Where," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of geography

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of geography

: 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

noun
ge·​og·​ra·​phy | \ jē-ˈä-grə-fē How to pronounce geography (audio) \

Kids Definition of geography

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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