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The exploration and scientific study of the ocean and its phenomena. Also called oceanology.
o′cean·o·graph′ic (ō′shə-nə-grăf′ĭk), o′cean·o·graph′i·cal adj.
(Physical Geography) the branch of science dealing with the physical, chemical, geological, and biological features of the oceans and ocean basins
oceanographic, ˌoceanoˈgraphical adj
o•cea•nog•ra•phy(ˌoʊ ʃəˈnɒg rə fi, ˌoʊ ʃi ə-)
the branch of physical geography dealing with the ocean.
o`cea•no•graph′ic (-ˈgræf ɪk) o`cea•no•graph′i•cal, adj.
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.
The study of the sea, embracing and integrating all knowledge pertaining to the sea and its physical boundaries, the chemistry and physics of seawater, and marine biology.
the branch of physical geography that studies oceans and seas. — oceanographer, n. — oceanographic, oceanographical, adj.See also: Sea
1. The study of oceans, including seawater, the ocean floor, and marine plants and animals.
2. The study of oceans and their life.
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|Noun||1.||oceanography - the branch of science dealing with physical and biological aspects of the oceans|
earth science - any of the sciences that deal with the earth or its parts
hydrography - the science of the measurement and description and mapping of the surface waters of the earth with special reference to navigation
El Nino - (oceanography) a warm ocean current that flows along the equator from the date line and south off the coast of Ecuador at Christmas time