physical geography


: geography that deals with the exterior physical features and changes of the earth

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The architecture and physical geography are distinctive, and Trapero and the team of cinematographers establish an immediate visual language that often positions human viciousness against a backdrop of beautiful mountains or verdant river valleys. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Nov. 2022 Yet, they would also be shocked at the widespread alterations to the physical geography, to the landscape itself. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Nov. 2022 That's how Dora Medrzycka, who just earned a Ph.D. in physical geography with a specialization in glaciology with Copland as her supervisor, got involved. Alexandra Svokos, ABC News, 27 Oct. 2022 Born in 1921 to upwardly mobile parents, Hermans was obliged to interrupt his university studies in physical geography when the Germans invaded the Netherlands in 1940. Tim Parks, The New York Review of Books, 31 Mar. 2021 Even in the age of cyber attacks and hypersonic weapons, American strategists are discovering that old-fashioned physical geography matters in U.S.-China competition. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 14 Dec. 2021 For those with the skills to harness these innovations, GEOINT offers a unique perspective of human activity, physical geography, and how the world around us is changing, that most businesses have never had access to before. Kjartan Rist, Forbes, 6 Sep. 2021 Colee’s focus on the New River is a tie-in of culture, historical events and physical geography. Scott Luxor,, 6 July 2021 The study cites a report published in 1899 that suggests Māori accounts of voyages referred to sub-Antarctic flora, fauna and physical geography. Saphora Smith, NBC News, 11 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1753, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of physical geography was in 1753

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Cite this Entry

“Physical geography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

physical geography


: a branch of geography that deals with the physical features and changes of the earth

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