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

Examples of oceanography in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Deepa Rao, 29, who earned her undergraduate degree at MIT and is now there to complete a doctoral degree in oceanography, said Shell gets credit for tackling climate change in recent years. BostonGlobe.com, "At MIT, a new name fuels fury - The Boston Globe," 25 Nov. 2019 But campus officials say the final figures are expected to show that the school’s work in health and medicine, along with engineering and oceanography, will dominate the funding list. San Diego Union-Tribune, "UCSD pulls in $1.35B in research funding, shattering record," 7 Oct. 2019 Marine biologist Ulf Riebesell, who leads the biological oceanography department at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel, Germany, agrees. Katie Camero, Science | AAAS, "Ocean acidification could boost shell growth in marine life like snails and sea urchins," 23 July 2019 Each episode of the series will look at a different ocean through the lenses of oceanography, earth sciences, and geography. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "Thor 4 Is Coming—and Taika Waititi Is Directing," 18 July 2019 Each episode of the series will focus on a different ocean, combining the disciplines of oceanography, geography and earth sciences to experience these characteristics in new ways. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix Teams With 'Blue Planet II' Creator on 'Oceans' Doc Series," 16 July 2019 Bergman studied chemical oceanography while working in the engine rooms of ships before segueing into submarine piloting. Anne Farrar, National Geographic, "You can now hail an Uber to the Great Barrier Reef," 19 June 2019 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

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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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14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Oceanography.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oceanography. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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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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