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[jee-oh-fiz-iks] /ˌdʒi oʊˈfɪz ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
the branch of geology that deals with the physics of the earth and its atmosphere, including oceanography, seismology, volcanology, and geomagnetism.
Origin of geophysics
First recorded in 1885-90; geo- + physics
Related forms
geophysical, adjective
geophysically, adverb
geophysicist, noun Unabridged
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  • After he had enjoyed his own humor, the geophysicist did present his capsule of knowledge with excellent brevity.

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  • Eventually the geophysicist and the meteorologist completed their duet to the accompaniment of oceanographers and geologists.

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British Dictionary definitions for geophysicist


(functioning as sing) the study of the earth's physical properties and of the physical processes acting upon, above, and within the earth. It includes seismology, geomagnetism, meteorology, and oceanography
Derived Forms
geophysicist, noun
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Word Origin and History for geophysicist



1889, from geo- + physics.

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geophysicist in Science
The scientific study of the physical characteristics of the Earth, including its hydrosphere and atmosphere, and of the Earth's relationship to the rest of the universe.
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geophysicist in Culture

geophysics definition

The science devoted to the study of the physical properties and processes of geological phenomena, including fields such as meteorology, oceanography, and seismology.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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