oceanography

noun
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

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Nearby Woods Hole is home to the preeminent school for oceanography. John Konrad, BostonGlobe.com, "The next global tech disruption will happen where few expect it," 28 June 2019 But the work by the three countries vying for the Arctic—and that of dozens of others elsewhere in the world—has been a bonanza for oceanography. Richard Kemeny, Science | AAAS, "As countries battle for control of North Pole, science is the ultimate winner," 20 June 2019 Correction posted April 21, 2016 This article has been updated to clarify the details of Dr. Centurioni's research experiments in oceanography. The Christian Science Monitor, "Corrections," 4 Mar. 2019 This article has been updated to clarify the details of Dr. Centurioni's research experiments in oceanography. The Christian Science Monitor, "Corrections," 4 Mar. 2019 Your interests include oceanography, Hawaiian and Tahitian culture. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Kavanaugh accuser's fear of flying comes under scrutiny at hearing," 27 Sep. 2018 And unlike some other top Trump administration officials, Gallaudet - a retired Navy rear admiral with a doctorate in oceanography - has not publicly questioned the link between human activity and climate change. Chris Mooney, Anchorage Daily News, "Ocean science agency chief suggests removing 'climate' from mission statement," 25 June 2018 Each ship will have a 10-person expedition team, made up of experts in marine biology, arctic survival, oceanography, biology, geology, history, and photography. Veronica Stoddart, Condé Nast Traveler, "New Expedition Ships: Small but Mighty Appealing," 14 June 2018 That may tell researchers more about the chemical makeup of the Earth’s interior, said URI Professor Chris Kincaid, an expert in geophysical oceanography. Washington Post, "Sweet science: Putting corn syrup to work on Earth’s origins," 20 Mar. 2018

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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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oceanography

noun

English Language Learners Definition of oceanography

: a science that studies the ocean

oceanography

noun
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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