hy·​dro·​graph·​ic | \ ˌhī-drə-ˈgra-fik How to pronounce hydrographic (audio) \

Definition of hydrographic

1 : of or relating to the characteristic features (such as flow or depth) of bodies of water
2 : relating to the charting of bodies of water

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Other Words from hydrographic

hydrographer \ hī-​ˈdrä-​grə-​fər How to pronounce hydrographer (audio) \ noun
hydrography \ hī-​ˈdrä-​grə-​fē How to pronounce hydrography (audio) \ noun

Examples of hydrographic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to the circumnavigation mission Triton released hydrographic bottles to study the world’s ocean currents and mapped the ocean floor with its fathometer and sonar. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "60 Years Ago, a Submerged Submarine Circled the Globe for the First Time," 25 Apr. 2020 The Miranda, originally built in 1930 in Spain as a hydrographic vessel, is small, only has one engine and propeller and tends to roll in big waves. Gordon Rago, Washington Post, "80 sailors from Uruguay got stuck in Norfolk during Dorian," 6 Sep. 2019 It’s North America’s hydrographic apex: meltwater from the icefield flows into the Arctic, Atlantic, and Pacific Oceans. Susan O'keefe, National Geographic, "EXPLORE THE WORLD WITH NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC," 8 Apr. 2019 The Seabed Constructor, which found the San Juan, is contracted to hydrographic survey company Ocean Infinity. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Doomed Argentine sub found a year after its disappearance," 19 Nov. 2018 Each patch represents a watershed—a hydrographic basin—where all rainfall drains into a common outlet. John F. Ross, Smithsonian, "The Visionary John Wesley Powell Had a Plan for Developing the West, But Nobody Listened," 3 July 2018 According to Frisk, Russian research vessels off the Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian coasts also undock mini-submarines for surveillance and warfare preparations, and investigate the seabed and hydrographic conditions. Elisabeth Braw, Newsweek, "The Secret Norwegian Submarine Base Being Rented by the Russians," 19 Mar. 2015 According to Hydroid, the drone has marine research and commercial applications, and in defense is useful for area search, mine countermeasures, surveillance and reconnaissance, and hydrographic survey. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Yemeni Rebels Capture a U.S. Navy Drone," 4 Jan. 2018 The $160 million, 1,046-day search produced the largest-ever hydrographic survey (710,000 square kilometers), the largest-ever high-resolution sonar search (120,000 square kilometers). Hallie Detrick, Fortune, "We Still Don’t Know What Happened to Flight MH370," 3 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of hydrographic

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hydrographic

French hydrographique, from Middle French, from hydr- + -graphique -graphic

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21 May 2020

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“Hydrographic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrographic. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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