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oceanography

[oh-shuh-nog-ruh-fee, oh-shee-uh-]
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noun
  1. the branch of physical geography dealing with the ocean.
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Origin of oceanography

First recorded in 1855–60; ocean + -o- + -graphy
Related formso·cea·nog·ra·pher, nouno·cea·no·graph·ic [oh-shuh-nuh-graf-ik] /ˌoʊ ʃə nəˈgræf ɪk/, o·cea·no·graph·i·cal, adjectiveo·cea·no·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for oceanography

Historical Examples

  • They followed the asphalt avenue, between two narrow dense gardens, leading to the Museum of Oceanography.

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  • The Museum of Oceanography could wait; it would not move away during his absence from the point on the rock of Monaco.

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    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • The Casino spread its influence in every direction, reaching even the Museum of Oceanography.

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  • At present he was standing on an asphalt square, opposite the steps of the Museum of Oceanography.

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  • O′cean-lane (see Lane); Oceanog′rapher, one versed in oceanography.


British Dictionary definitions for oceanography

oceanography

noun
  1. the branch of science dealing with the physical, chemical, geological, and biological features of the oceans and ocean basins
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Derived Formsoceanographer, nounoceanographic (ˌəʊʃənəˈɡræfɪk, ˌəʊʃɪə-) or oceanographical, adjectiveoceanographically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for oceanography

n.

1859, coined in English from ocean + -graphy; on analogy of geography. French océanographie is attested from 1580s but is said to have been rare before 1876. Related: Oceanographic.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

oceanography in Science

oceanography

[ō′shə-nŏgrə-fē]
  1. The scientific study of oceans, the life that inhabits them, and their physical characteristics, including the depth and extent of ocean waters, their movement and chemical makeup, and the topography and composition of the ocean floors. Oceanography also includes ocean exploration. Also called oceanology
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