geo·​mor·​phol·​o·​gy | \ ˌjē-ə-mȯr-ˈfä-lə-jē How to pronounce geomorphology (audio) \
plural geomorphologies

Definition of geomorphology

1 : a science that deals with the relief features of the earth or of another celestial body (such as the moon) and seeks an interpretation of them based on their origins and development
2 : the features dealt with in geomorphology

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Other Words from geomorphology

geomorphologist \ ˌjē-​ə-​mȯr-​ˈfä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce geomorphology (audio) \ noun

Examples of geomorphology in a Sentence

the unique character of desert geomorphology
Recent Examples on the Web After earning a doctorate in geomorphology from the University of Arizona in 1987, Merritts joined the F&M faculty. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "A secret hidden in centuries-old mud revealed a new way to save polluted rivers," 18 Aug. 2020 Strip away these layers of vegetation and human add-ons, and Coe’s maps show the river’s bare-ground geomorphology: once lazy bends replaced by direct flow, old floodplains cut off by levees and dikes. National Geographic, "See the Mississippi River's hidden history, uncovered by lasers," 7 Nov. 2019 It was simply left off maps until a geomorphology professor flew from Broken Hill to Melbourne in 1967 and looked out the window. David Maurice Smith, Smithsonian, "A 42,000-Year-Old Man Finally Goes Home," 23 Aug. 2019 The questions covered a wide swath of material, from the Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution (physics), supercritical water (chemistry), dendritic drainage patterns (geomorphology) to prime factors (mathematics). Silvia Foster-frau, San Antonio Express-News, "BASIS middle school and Reagan High teams to compete in National Science Bowl," 10 Feb. 2018 From the small-scale processes of transporting/depositing sediment to the spectacular geomorphology present on the sea floor to the implications to studying Earth history. Brian Romans, WIRED, "JSW #1: Sediment thickness in the world's oceans," 5 Feb. 2007

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First Known Use of geomorphology

1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Geomorphology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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