hy·​drol·​o·​gy | \ hī-ˈdrä-lə-jē How to pronounce hydrology (audio) \

Definition of hydrology

: a science dealing with the properties, distribution, and circulation of water on and below the earth's surface and in the atmosphere

Other Words from hydrology

hydrologic \ ˌhī-​drə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce hydrology (audio) \ or hydrological \ ˌhī-​drə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce hydrology (audio) \ adjective
hydrologically \ ˌhī-​drə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce hydrology (audio) \ adverb
hydrologist \ hī-​ˈdrä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce hydrology (audio) \ noun

Examples of hydrology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web David Kreamer, a professor of hydrology and an authority on groundwater contaminants at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, disputed that assertion. New York Times, 2 May 2022 The atlas describes critical issues about people, places, economies, natural systems including hydrology, biology, vegetation, and of course the rich biodiversity that sustains us. Jack Dangermond, Forbes, 22 Apr. 2022 That simple bit of hydrology has big implications for Europa, the authors of the paper concluded. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 21 Apr. 2022 The topography and hydrology of the city made extending the street a difficult prospect. Washington Post, 12 Mar. 2022 Preservation focused on sites with relatively intact soil structure, hydrology that could be restored and bringing nature closer to the people in nearby communities, Schultz said. Bill Jones, chicagotribune.com, 20 Mar. 2022 Tesla’s factory would roughly double the amount of water consumed in the Gruenheide area, according to Axel Bronstert, a hydrology professor at the University of Potsdam. Monica Raymunt, Fortune, 22 Feb. 2022 David Rizzardo, hydrology section manager for the California Department of Water Resources, said there are a lot of factors that affect reservoir storage. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Feb. 2022 David Rizzardo, hydrology section manager for the California Department of Water Resources, cautioned that the state has in the past been hit with large storms in the fall, only to see conditions dry up again in subsequent months. Jim Carlton, WSJ, 26 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of hydrology

1762, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hydrology

New Latin hydrologia, from Latin hydr- + -logia -logy

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22 May 2022

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“Hydrology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrology. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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hy·​drol·​o·​gy | \ hī-ˈdräl-ə-jē How to pronounce hydrology (audio) \
plural hydrologies

Medical Definition of hydrology

: the body of medical knowledge and practice concerned with the therapeutic use of bathing and water

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Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about hydrology


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