phys·​i·​og·​ra·​phy ˌfi-zē-ˈä-grə-fē How to pronounce physiography (audio)
physiographer noun
physiographic adjective
or less commonly physiographical

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In terms of this physiography there’s no way the Lomonosov Ridge would be considered an extension of the Siberian shelf. Brian Romans, WIRED, 19 Sep. 2010

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Word History


probably from French physiographie, from physi- + -graphie -graphy

First Known Use

circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of physiography was circa 1828

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Cite this Entry

“Physiography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


phys·​i·​og·​ra·​phy ˌfiz-ē-ˈäg-rə-fē How to pronounce physiography (audio)
: a branch of geography that deals with the exterior features and changes of the earth
physiographer noun
physiographic adjective

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