geo·​phys·​ics | \ ˌjē-ə-ˈfi-ziks How to pronounce geophysics (audio) \

Definition of geophysics

: a branch of earth science dealing with the physical processes and phenomena occurring especially in the earth and in its vicinity

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Other Words from geophysics

geophysical \ ˌjē-​ə-​ˈfi-​zi-​kəl How to pronounce geophysical (audio) \ adjective
geophysically \ ˌjē-​ə-​ˈfi-​zi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce geophysically (audio) \ adverb
geophysicist \ ˌjē-​ə-​ˈfi-​zə-​sist How to pronounce geophysicist (audio) \ noun

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Geophysics applies the principles of physics to the study of the Earth. It deals with such things as the movement of the Earth's crust and the temperatures of its interior. Another subject is the behavior of the still-mysterious geomagnetic field. Some geophysicists seek out deposits of ores or petroleum; others specialize in earthquakes; still others study the water beneath the Earth's surface, where it collects and how it flows.

First Known Use of geophysics

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of geophysics was circa 1889

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English Language Learners Definition of geophysics

: a branch of science that deals with the physical movements and forces of the Earth (such as its climate and oceans)

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