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Definitions for geography
dʒiˈɒg rə fige·og·ra·phy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. geography, geographicsnoun

    study of the earth's surface; includes people's responses to topography and climate and soil and vegetation


  1. geographynoun

    The study of the physical structure and inhabitants of the Earth.

  2. geographynoun

    The physical structure of a particular region; terrain.

  3. Etymology: Via and, from γεωγραφία, from γῆ + γράφω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Geographynoun

    the science which treats of the world and its inhabitants; a description of the earth, or a portion of the earth, including its structure, fetures, products, political divisions, and the people by whom it is inhabited

  2. Geographynoun

    a treatise on this science

  3. Etymology: [F. gographie, l. geographia, fr. Gr. ; ge`a, gh^, the earth + description, fr. to write, describe. See Graphic.]


  1. Geography

    Geography is the science that studies the lands, the features, the inhabitants, and the phenomena of the Earth. A literal translation would be "to describe or write about the Earth". The first person to use the word "geography" was Eratosthenes. Four historical traditions in geographical research are the spatial analysis of the natural and the human phenomena, the area studies, the study of the man-land relationship, and the research in the earth sciences. Nonetheless, the modern geography is an all-encompassing discipline that foremost seeks to understand the Earth and all of its human and natural complexities—not merely where objects are, but how they have changed and come to be. Geography has been called "the world discipline" and "the bridge between the human and the physical science". Geography is divided into two main branches: the human geography and the physical geography.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Geography

    je-og′ra-fi, n. the science which describes the surface of the earth and its inhabitants: a book containing a description of the earth.—n. Geog′rapher.—adjs. Geograph′ic, -al, relating to geography.—adv. Geograph′ically.—Geographical distribution (see Distribution).—Descriptive geography, that part of geography which consists in a statement of facts; Historical geography, that part of geography which investigates the changes which have occurred in the governmental control of territory; Physical geography (see Physical); Political geography, geography that gives an account of the different communities of mankind. [Fr.,—L.,—Gr. geōgraphia, the earth, graphē, a description—graphein, to write.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Geography

    The science dealing with the earth and its life, especially the description of land, sea, and air and the distribution of plant and animal life, including humanity and human industries with reference to the mutual relations of these elements. (From Webster, 3d ed)

Editors Contribution

  1. geography

    The subject or science of the earth and the features of the earth.

    Geography is interesting subject and has many facets to it.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 23, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'geography' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4824

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'geography' in Nouns Frequency: #2126

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of geography in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of geography in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of geography in a Sentence

  1. Jonathan Lewis:

    It's a dynamic analysis, right? There's a lot going on here. There's a lot that can happen and it (the antitrust review) really is market by market, geography by geography, product line by product line.

  2. Jaroslaw Kaczynski:

    There are already signs of emergence of diseases that are highly dangerous and have not been seen in Europe for a long time: cholera on the Greek islands, dysentery in Vienna. There is also talk about other, even more severe diseases, also there are some differences related to geography, various parasites, protozoa that are common and are not dangerous in the bodies of these people, (but) may be dangerous here. Which doesn't mean there is a need to discriminate anyone, but you need to check.

  3. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg:

    The ability to be' present' anywhere will also help us address some of the biggest social issues of our day — like ballooning housing costs and inequality of opportunity by geography, today, many people feel like they have to move to cities because that's where the jobs are... Imagine if you could live anywhere you chose and access any job anywhere else. If we deliver on what we're building, this should be much closer to reality by 2030.

  4. James A. Garfield:

    History is philosophy teaching by example, and also warning; its two eyes are geography and chronology.

  5. Mark Warwick:

    I think people need to understand the complexity, the volume and the geography aspects of this, and you can't underestimate putting those three factors together and trying to conduct ethical investigations, over the next 12 to 18 months, we will review all the caseload to better understand the picture and then I think we can say whether 2019 seems realistic.

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