geophysics

[jee-oh-fiz-iks]
noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. 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 formsge·o·phys·i·cal, adjectivege·o·phys·i·cal·ly, adverbge·o·phys·i·cist, noun
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Contemporary Examples of geophysical

  • Geophysical Research Letters: Bottom scour observed under Hurricane Ivan.

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    June 11, 2010

  • Geophysical Research Letters: Observed currents over the outer continental shelf during Hurricane Ivan.

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British Dictionary definitions for geophysical

geophysical

adjective
  1. of or relating to geophysics

geophysics

noun
  1. (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
adj.

1888, from geo- "earth" + physical (adj.).

geophysics

n.

1889, from geo- + physics.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

geophysical in Science

geophysics

[jē′ō-fĭzĭks]
  1. 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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geophysical in Culture

geophysics

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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