geophysics

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noun plural but singular or plural in construction geo·phys·ics \ˌjē-ə-ˈfi-ziks\

Definition of geophysics

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

geophysical

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geophysically

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geophysicist

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Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of geophysics

International Scientific Vocabulary


First Known Use: circa 1889


GEOPHYSICS Defined for English Language Learners

geophysics

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noun plural but singular or plural in construction geo·phys·ics \ˌjē-ə-ˈfi-ziks\

Definition of geophysics for English Language Learners

  • : 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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