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

Examples of oceanography in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This method is used in diverse areas including: radiology, atmospheric sciences, geophysics, oceanography, plasma physics, astrophysics, quantum information, and other science areas. Cindy Gordon, Forbes, "Why Physics has Relevancy To Artificial Intelligence And Building AI Leadership Brain Trust?," 27 Apr. 2021 In 1976, Kathy Sullivan was finishing up her Ph.D. in oceanography when an intriguing, if somewhat far-fetched, opportunity presented itself: the chance to become an astronaut. Rolling Stone, "Rolling Stone," 24 Mar. 2021 McArthur, 49, earned a doctorate in oceanography from UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 2002. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "UC San Diego graduate Megan McArthur to fly spacecraft to space station early Friday," 22 Apr. 2021 In 1976, Kathy Sullivan was finishing up her Ph.D. in oceanography when an intriguing, if somewhat far-fetched, opportunity presented itself: the chance to become an astronaut. Rolling Stone, "Rolling Stone," 24 Mar. 2021 By analyzing federal, state, and local water quality records dating back to 1901, oceanography professor and study author Eugene Turner was able to assess the impact of one of the strongest environmental protection policies in American history. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, "Coral reefs in Fiji rebound at unexpected pace," 31 Mar. 2021 In 1976, Kathy Sullivan was finishing up her Ph.D. in oceanography when an intriguing, if somewhat far-fetched, opportunity presented itself: the chance to become an astronaut. Rolling Stone, "Rolling Stone," 24 Mar. 2021 In 1976, Kathy Sullivan was finishing up her Ph.D. in oceanography when an intriguing, if somewhat far-fetched, opportunity presented itself: the chance to become an astronaut. Rolling Stone, "Rolling Stone," 24 Mar. 2021 Pushing the bounds of oceanography, scientists have slung necklace-like sensor arrays across the Atlantic to better understand the complex network of currents that the Gulf Stream belongs to, not only at the surface, but hundreds of feet deep. New York Times, "In the Atlantic Ocean, Subtle Shifts Hint at Dramatic Dangers," 2 Mar. 2021

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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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“Oceanography.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oceanography. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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