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 The claim by Walid Nekiche at his trial last Tuesday drew widespread criticism in the media, along with the prosecution's request for a life sentence for the oceanography student. Aomar Ouali, Star Tribune, "Algeria orders investigation into student police abuse claim," 8 Feb. 2021 Astronaut Megan McArthur, who earned a doctorate in oceanography at UCSD in 2002, is scheduled to fly to space station in 2021. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "NASA picks 4 San Diego university graduates to train for missions to the moon," 9 Dec. 2020 The data collected by this chain of satellites has contributed to climate studies, marine meteorology and oceanography. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "A satellite that will track Earth's sea level rise is ready to launch," 21 Nov. 2020 The amazing breadth of his contributions stand out even today, ranging from his work on the science of electricity and the wave theory of light to demography, meteorology, physical oceanography and even behavioral science. Nick Pyenson, Scientific American, "We Need More Scientists in the U.S. Diplomatic Corps," 16 Nov. 2020 The expedition’s chief scientist, Lisa Levin, a professor of integrative oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, says the goal of the cruise is to understand the habitat and how animals interact with the mineral-laden rocks. Eric Niiler, Wired, "These Oceanographers Want to Turn Marine Slime Into Drugs," 27 Oct. 2020 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

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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 24 Feb. 2021.

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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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