[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. geophilous,
  2. geophone,
  3. geophysical,
  4. geophysical year, international,
  5. geophysicist,
  6. geophyte,
  7. geopolitical,
  8. geopolitics,
  9. geoponic,
  10. geoponics

Origin of geophysics

First recorded in 1885–90; geo- + physics

Related formsge·o·phys·i·cal, adjectivege·o·phys·i·cal·ly, adverbge·o·phys·i·cist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for geophysical


/ (ˌdʒiːəʊˈfɪzɪkəl) /


of or relating to geophysics


/ (ˌdʒiːəʊˈfɪzɪks) /


(functioning as singular) 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 Formsgeophysicist, noun

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Word Origin and History for geophysical
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Science definitions for geophysical


[ jē′ō-fĭzĭks ]

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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Culture definitions for geophysical


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

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