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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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 Oregon is home to a number of elite scientists who have made advances in cancer treatment, oceanography, climate change, chemistry, biology and physics. Andrew Theen | The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "Oregon's science superstars: A look at a few of the state's top research minds," 17 Feb. 2018 Rudi then re-focused on his education and earned a doctorate in oceanography from Yale University. courant.com, "Rudolph E. Haffner," 13 May 2018 The wavelike forms were even visible from the GOES-16 weather satellite perched in space: Eli Tziperman is a professor of oceanography at Harvard. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "Wicked cool wave clouds crash over Boston area," 6 Apr. 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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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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