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n. (used with a sing. verb)
The physics of the earth and its environment, including the physics of fields such as meteorology, oceanography, and seismology.
ge′o·phys′i·cist (-ĭ-sĭst) n.
(Geological Science) (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
ge•o•phys•ics(ˌdʒi oʊˈfɪz ɪks)
n. (used with a sing. v.)
the branch of geology that deals with the physics of the earth and its atmosphere, including oceanography, seismology, volcanology, and geomagnetism.
The application of physics to the scientific study of the Earth and its environment.
the physics of the earth, including oceanography, volcanology, seismology, etc. — geophysicist, n. — geophysical, adj.See also: Physics
The study of the structure and development of the Earth.
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|Noun||1.||geophysics - geology that uses physical principles to study properties of the earth|
geology - a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks
geomorphology, morphology - the branch of geology that studies the characteristics and configuration and evolution of rocks and land forms
hydrology - the branch of geology that studies water on the earth and in the atmosphere: its distribution and uses and conservation
seismology - the branch of geology that studies earthquakes
geodesy - the branch of geology that studies the shape of the earth and the determination of the exact position of geographical points