ocean·​og·​ra·​phy | \ ˌō-shə-ˈnä-grə-fē How to pronounce oceanography (audio) \

Definition of oceanography

: a science that deals with the oceans and includes the delimitation of their extent and depth, the physics and chemistry of their waters, marine biology, and the exploitation of their resources

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Other Words from oceanography

oceanographer \ ˌō-​shə-​ˈnä-​grə-​fər How to pronounce oceanographer (audio) \ noun
oceanographic \ ˌō-​shə-​nə-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce oceanographic (audio) \ or less commonly oceanographical \ ˌō-​shə-​nə-​ˈgra-​fi-​kəl How to pronounce oceanographical (audio) \ adjective
oceanographically \ ˌō-​shə-​nə-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce oceanographically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of oceanography in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Features hands-on activities on marine science, with biology, coastal ecology, veterinary science, fisheries, oceanography, and ocean conservation. Mary Lou Cruz, sun-sentinel.com, "Calendar: Virtual community, entertainment events beginning Sept. 2," 31 Aug. 2020 The award will support his research into how ocean bubbles play a role in upper ocean dynamics and in air-sea gas exchange and to enrich the curriculum in physical oceanography and outreach activities at LSU and in local communities. NOLA.com, "New Orleans, Baton Rouge area People in Business for Aug. 30, 2020," 31 Aug. 2020 The French architect Jacques Rougerie has devoted his entire career to building underwater structures, citing Jacques Cousteau as the impetus for his pursuit of architecture and oceanography. Elissaveta M. Brandon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Jacques Cousteau’s Grandson Wants to Build the International Space Station of the Sea," 24 Aug. 2020 But the study of these critical near- and offshore zones isn’t traditionally recognized as a single discipline in the way of oceanography or limnology, the study of bodies of freshwater, such as rivers and lakes. Special To The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Columbia River tribes gain new clout with major acquisition," 9 July 2020 Other studies detailed the physical oceanography, biology, and marine chemistry of the Deepwater Horizon spill’s impact zone, as well as its economic and psychological effects on coastal fishing communities. Eric Niiler, Wired, "The Deepwater Horizon Disaster Fueled a Gulf Science Bonanza," 22 Apr. 2020 Russell Hopcroft, project leader and oceanography professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, says the status of three research cruises planned for 2020 is unclear even as the first is scheduled to depart in five weeks. Kristen Pope, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Scientists Are Keeping Irreplaceable Research Going During the COVID-19 Pandemic," 20 Mar. 2020 Deepa Rao, 29, who earned her undergraduate degree at MIT and is now there to complete a doctoral degree in oceanography, said Shell gets credit for tackling climate change in recent years. BostonGlobe.com, "At MIT, a new name fuels fury - The Boston Globe," 25 Nov. 2019 But campus officials say the final figures are expected to show that the school’s work in health and medicine, along with engineering and oceanography, will dominate the funding list. San Diego Union-Tribune, "UCSD pulls in $1.35B in research funding, shattering record," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of oceanography

1859, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oceanography

borrowed from German Ozeanographie, Oceanographie from Ozean, Ocean ocean + -o- -o- + -graphie -graphy (after Geographie geography, Aërographie "meteorology")

Note: The German word was apparently introduced by the German seaman and academic Eduard Bobrik (1802-70) in Handbuch der praktischen Seefahrtskunde, Band 1 (Zürich/Hamburg, 1846), p. 79 ff.

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The first known use of oceanography was in 1859

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14 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Oceanography.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oceanography. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of oceanography

: a science that studies the ocean


ocean·​og·​ra·​phy | \ ˌō-shə-ˈnä-grə-fē How to pronounce oceanography (audio) \

Kids Definition of oceanography

: a science that deals with the ocean

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