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
oceanographerplay \ˌō-shə-ˈnä-grə-fər\ noun
oceanographicallyplay \ˌō-shə-nə-ˈgra-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Recent Examples of oceanography from the Web
Gustavo Goni, director of the physical oceanography division at NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, said glider data has helped improve the models’ understanding of the ocean.
In October 1993, the Columbus Iselin, a ship loaded with 23 scientists from 15 international research institutes, left Panama on a mission to study one of the great riddles of oceanography.
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Origin and Etymology of oceanography
International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1859
OCEANOGRAPHY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of oceanography for English Language Learners
: a science that studies the ocean
OCEANOGRAPHY Defined for Kids
Definition of oceanography for Students
: a science that deals with the ocean
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