1. a branch of geography that deals with the measurement and mapping of the topography of the earth above sea level.
  2. topographical relief, especially as represented on a map.

Origin of hypsography

First recorded in 1880–85; hypso- + -graphy
Related formshyp·so·graph·ic [hip-suh-graf-ik] /ˌhɪp səˈgræf ɪk/, hyp·so·graph·i·cal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for hypsographic


  1. the study and mapping of the earth's topography above sea level
  2. topography or relief, or a map showing this
  3. another name for hypsometry
Derived Formshypsographic (ˌhɪpsəˈɡræfɪk) or hypsographical, adjective
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hypsographic in Science


    1. The scientific study of the Earth's topologic features above sea level, especially the measurement and mapping of land elevations.
    2. A representation or description of these features, as on a map.
  1. See hypsometry.
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