hydrosphere

[ hahy-druh-sfeer ]
/ ˈhaɪ drəˌsfɪər /
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noun

the water on or surrounding the surface of the globe, including the water of the oceans and the water in the atmosphere.

Nearby words

  1. hydroski,
  2. hydrosol,
  3. hydrosoma,
  4. hydrosome,
  5. hydrospace,
  6. hydrostat,
  7. hydrostatic,
  8. hydrostatic balance,
  9. hydrostatic pressure,
  10. hydrostatics

Origin of hydrosphere

First recorded in 1885–90; hydro-1 + -sphere

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British Dictionary definitions for hydrosphere

hydrosphere

/ (ˈhaɪdrəˌsfɪə) /

noun

the watery part of the earth's surface, including oceans, lakes, water vapour in the atmosphere, etc
Derived Formshydrospheric, adjective

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Science definitions for hydrosphere

hydrosphere

[ hīdrə-sfîr′ ]

All of the Earth's water, including surface water (water in oceans, lakes, and rivers), groundwater (water in soil and beneath the Earth's surface), snowcover, ice, and water in the atmosphere, including water vapor. Compare asthenosphere atmosphere lithosphere.
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