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

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 By swimming parallel to shore, people may inadvertently end up struggling against an oncoming current, says Jamie MacMahan, professor of oceanography at the Naval Postgraduate School in California, who led the research. Chloe Williams, The Atlantic, 20 June 2022 Scientifically, the company faces at least two major obstacles, David Ho, an oceanography professor at the University of Hawaii, told me. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 25 May 2022 Also on the boat was Jay Austin, a physicist who earned his Ph.D. in oceanography at MIT and Woods Hole. Stephanie Pearson, Outside Online, 23 May 2017 Except instead of air, this spinning bubble (called an eddy) is filled with warm water that can make hurricanes more dangerous, according to Nick Shay, professor of oceanography at the University of Miami. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 18 May 2022 Similarly, said Stern, MAS may be a Sputnik moment for oceanography. Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Feb. 2022 Members include the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, a leader in deep ocean exploration; the University of Rhode Island, which is known for ocean engineering and oceanography; as well as the startup accelerator MassChallenge. Angela Yang, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Nov. 2021 His decades of work in oceanography included greatly improving surf forecasting, helping countless American troops land more safely during the D-Day invasion in World War II. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Feb. 2022 Autonomous research ships could help bring the oceans to those who cannot currently access the world of oceanography. Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Oceanography.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oceanography. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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ocean·​og·​ra·​phy | \ ˌō-shə-ˈnä-grə-fē How to pronounce oceanography (audio) \

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: a science that deals with the ocean

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