[ 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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM geophysicsge·o·phys·i·cal, adjectivege·o·phys·i·cal·ly, adverbge·o·phys·i·cist, noun
Words nearby geophysics
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British Dictionary definitions for 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 forms of geophysicsgeophysicist, noun
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Scientific definitions for geophysics
[ jē′ō-fĭz′ĭks ]
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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Cultural definitions for geophysics
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