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

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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 The onus would fall to developers to study the hydrology of a water system to prove their project would cause no harm. Anchorage Daily News, "As most Alaska salmon fishing regions face another season of mediocre runs, Russia hikes competitive pressure," 23 Feb. 2021 Oil and gas exploration caused the land to subside, and Hurricane Rita in 2005 and Ike in 2008 severely damaged the vulnerable marsh, letting saltwater intrude northward from the Gulf and changing the area's hydrology. Halle Parker | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "A $32 million effort begins to rebuild more than 300 acres of Louisiana marsh," 6 Feb. 2021 Setting aside philosophical musings, and confining our analysis to hydrology, the swollen river seemed clearly to speak of the heavy rains that fell in our region on Christmas Eve. Washington Post, "Our second-coldest day of 2020 came on Saturday," 27 Dec. 2020 In a normal condemnation case there would be safeguards in place such as environmental reviews, hydrology reports prior to starting the project, said Brandys, who has represented border residents under the current and previous administrations. Perla Trevizo, ProPublica, "The Trump Administration Keeps Awarding Border Wall Contracts but Doesn’t Own the Land to Build On," 25 Dec. 2020 Here's the truth: Not all the science is yet in, but the geography and hydrology of the area in question will not change. Julie Padilla, Star Tribune, "Counterpoint: Let Twin Metals project prove itself through regulatory process," 20 Dec. 2020 It's intended to restore the hydrology in the Mississippi River Bird's Foot Delta by dredging portions of Pass-a-Loutre, South Pass, and/or Southeast Pass to reconnect the river with the delta's marshes. The Associated Press, NOLA.com, "$234M in BP spill money approved for 5 wetlands projects in 2 parishes," 26 Nov. 2020 In his six years serving in the Minnesota Legislature, Dan Knuth's expertise in hydrology and environmental issues proved to be the right background for the right moment. Erin Golden, Star Tribune, "Dan Knuth, Minnesota lawmaker who shaped environmental policies, dies at 75," 20 Oct. 2020 There’s also permit paperwork and hydrology studies. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County Pct. 4 parks department offers outdoor activities with safety protocols in place," 21 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of hydrology was in 1762

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27 Feb 2021

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“Hydrology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydrology. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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