geology

noun
ge·​ol·​o·​gy | \ jē-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce geology (audio) \
plural geologies

Definition of geology

1a : a science that deals with the history of the earth and its life especially as recorded in rocks
b : a study of the solid matter of a celestial body (such as the moon)
2 : geologic features the geology of Arizona
3 : a treatise on geology

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Other Words from geology

geologist \ jē-​ˈä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce geologist (audio) \ noun

Examples of geology in a Sentence

learning about the geology of Hawaii

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Visit an exhibition detailing the geology and folklore of the glen, then warm up with an ale at a cozy inn favored by climbers and hillwalkers trekking the West Highland Way. National Geographic, "Scotland Private Expedition," 12 June 2019 Knowing the geology of a word also allows its speakers to better understand the ideology that shaped it. Caitlin Hu, Quartz, "Iceland is inventing a new vocabulary for a high-tech future," 2 June 2019 Some of these adventures take 14 days or longer to truly immerse participants in the history, geology, and wildlife of the region. Peter Reese, Popular Mechanics, "Five Things to Know Before Running a Wild River," 11 Aug. 2017 But the isotope analysis alone can only point to a broad area that has similar geology. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "People buried at Stonehenge may have come from as far away as Wales," 3 Aug. 2018 The lander will set down in the oldest and deepest impact basin on the Moon, the South Pole–Aitken basin, and will focus on lunar geology. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Here’s why China’s launch to the far side of the Moon is a big deal," 10 Dec. 2018 Following the rescue meant coming to appreciate cave geology, the dangers of cave diving, the risks of running out of oxygen in a cave, and the utility of sedatives in an emergency. Brian Resnick, Vox, "10 science stories in 2018 that made us go, “Whoa, that’s awesome”," 18 Dec. 2018 The richness of the red lets the woman hold her own visually with not just the canyon’s delicate pastels but even its flabbergasting geology. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "At Cambridge Public Library, photos in color, in the stacks, in Cambridge," 8 May 2018 Its geology and politics are known to the industry. Vinod Sreeharsha And Clifford Krauss, New York Times, "Brazilian Auction Draws Oil Companies Back to Offshore Drilling," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of geology

1735, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for geology

New Latin geologia, from ge- + -logia -logy

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geology

noun

English Language Learners Definition of geology

: a science that studies rocks, layers of soil, etc., in order to learn about the history of the Earth and its life
: the rocks, land, processes of land formation, etc., of a particular area

geology

noun
ge·​ol·​o·​gy | \ jē-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce geology (audio) \

Kids Definition of geology

1 : a science that deals with the history of the earth and its life especially as recorded in rocks
2 : the geologic features (as mountains or plains) of an area

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