geography

noun

ge·​og·​ra·​phy jē-ˈä-grə-fē How to pronounce geography (audio)
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 reasonTimes Literary Supplement
b
: makeup sense 1
her emotional geography

Example Sentences

studying the geography of the western United States the geography of the region matches ancient descriptions of the location of the lost city
Recent Examples on the Web Even its geography has changed over the last 1,500 years. Tony Perrottet, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Jan. 2023 Look at our geography, guarded left and right by vast oceans. James Stavridis, Time, 7 Jan. 2023 Its isolated geography — Nahant is essentially an island connected to the mainland by a narrow, 1.5-mile causeway — contributes to the sense of menace felt by some residents. Jenna Russell, New York Times, 1 Jan. 2023 Its isolated geography — Nahant is essentially an island connected to the mainland by a narrow, 1.5-mile causeway — contributes to the sense of menace felt by some residents. Jenna Russell, BostonGlobe.com, 31 Dec. 2022 The authors conjectured that there might be a hereditary element to the disease, based on the fact that some of the patients had reported relatives suffering from a similar condition as well as their oddly close geography. Grace Browne, WIRED, 28 Dec. 2022 New York City, blessed in its geography like no place else, contains expanses of wild urban outdoors that very few know about. Ian Frazier, Outside Online, 27 Dec. 2022 Deep learning systems have millions or even billions of parameters, identifiable to their developers only in terms of their geography within a complex neural network. Vivek Wadhwa, Fortune, 23 Dec. 2022 Some cheesemakers had speculated that cheese was like wine, which famously has a terroir — that is, a specific taste that is tied to its geography and is rooted in the vineyard’s microclimate and soil. Ute Eberle, Discover Magazine, 27 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of geography was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near geography

Cite this Entry

“Geography.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/geography. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

geography

noun
ge·​og·​ra·​phy jē-ˈäg-rə-fē How to pronounce geography (audio)
plural geographies
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 parts of an area
the geography of the western U.S.
geographer
-fər
noun
geographic
ˌjē-ə-ˈgraf-ik
adjective
or geographical
-i-kəl
geographically
-i-k(ə-)lē
adverb

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