hy·​dro·​graph·​ic ˌhī-drə-ˈgra-fik How to pronounce hydrographic (audio)
: of or relating to the characteristic features (such as flow or depth) of bodies of water
: relating to the charting of bodies of water
hydrographer noun
hydrography noun

Examples of hydrographic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Thursday, sailors retrieved the data recorder and conducted a hydrographic survey to assess the plane's structural integrity. CBS News, 28 Nov. 2023 In early 2023, the ship spent about a month supporting hydrographic, land and environmental surveys in the waters of Temotu Province, in the eastern Solomon Islands. Craig Hooper, Forbes, 3 May 2023 The USS Carter Hall is on the scene categorizing debris, along with the USNS Pathfinder, a ship that is capable of conducting oceanographic, hydrographic, and bathymetric surveys of the ocean floor. Paul Best, Fox News, 7 Feb. 2023 The grid patterns of fields and pastures borders the majestic whirlpools of the Mississippi, which boasts the largest hydrographic basin in North America. Discover Magazine, 5 Nov. 2013 The ship is transporting hydrographic and dive personnel, and has a helicopter to assist with supply delivery, the statement said. Jake Kwon, CNN, 20 Jan. 2022 Tjahjanto said the navy has deployed scores of ships to search the area, including a hydrographic survey ship, and has asked for help from Singapore and Australia, which have submarine rescue vessels. Niniek Karmini, Star Tribune, 21 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 6 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hydrographic was in 1665

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“Hydrographic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrographic. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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