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  1. the science of the measurement, description, and mapping of the surface waters of the earth, with special reference to their use for navigation.
  2. those parts of a map, collectively, that represent surface waters.
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Origin of hydrography

First recorded in 1550–60; hydro-1 + -graphy
Related formshy·drog·ra·pher, nounhy·dro·graph·ic [hahy-druh-graf-ik] /ˌhaɪ drəˈgræf ɪk/, hy·dro·graph·i·cal, adjectivehy·dro·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for hydrographer

Historical Examples

  • I haven't been able to get in touch with the hydrographer for twenty-four hours.

    Still Jim

    Honor Willsie Morrow

  • He is a hydrographer, and engraves maps for a neighboring publisher.

  • The hydrographer drew a long breath and fingered the nuggets.

  • "You don't know the tenth part of it," asserted the hydrographer slowly.

  • "Still I don't see the miraculous significance," said the hydrographer.

British Dictionary definitions for hydrographer


  1. the study, surveying, and mapping of the oceans, seas, and riversCompare hydrology
  2. the oceans, seas, and rivers as represented on a chart
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Derived Formshydrographer, noun
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Word Origin and History for hydrographer



1550s, from hydro- + -graphy. Related: Hydrographic

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hydrographer in Science


  1. The scientific description and analysis of the physical characteristics of Earth's surface waters, including temperature, salinity, oxygen saturation, and the chemical content of water. Oceanography (the study of saltwater bodies) and limnology (the study of freshwater bodies) are subsets of hydrography.
  2. The mapping of bodies of water.
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