[ buh-thim-i-tree ]
/ bəˈθɪm ɪ tri /


the measurement of the depths of oceans, seas, or other large bodies of water.
the data derived from such measurement, especially as compiled in a topographic map.

Origin of bathymetry

First recorded in 1860–65; bathy- + -metry

Related forms

ba·thym·e·ter, nounbath·y·met·ric [bath-uh-me-trik] /ˌbæθ əˈmɛ trɪk/, bath·y·met·ri·cal, adjectivebath·y·met·ri·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bathymetry


/ (bəˈθɪmɪtrɪ) /


measurement of the depth of an ocean or other large body of water

Derived Forms

bathymetric (ˌbæθɪˈmɛtrɪk), adjectivebathymetrically, adverb
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Science definitions for bathymetry


[ bə-thĭmĭ-trē ]

The measurement of the depth of bodies of water, particularly of oceans and seas.
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