noun Etymology: probably from French physiographie, from physi- + -graphie -graphy Date: circa 1828 physical geographyphysiographer nounphysiographic also physiographical adjective

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  • Physiography — Phys i*og ra*phy, n. [Gr. fy sis nature + graphy: cf. F. physiographie.] 1. The science which treats of the earth s exterior physical features, climate, life, etc., and of the physical movements or changes on the earth s surface, as the currents… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • physiography — [fiz΄ē äg′rə fē] n. [ PHYSIO + GRAPHY] 1. a description of the features and phenomena of nature 2. PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY 3. GEOMORPHOLOGY physiographer n. physiographic [fiz΄ēə graf′ ik] adj. physiograph …   English World dictionary

  • physiography — physiographer, n. physiographic /fiz ee euh graf ik/, physiographical, adj. /fiz ee og reuh fee/, n. 1. the science of physical geography. 2. (formerly) geomorphology. 3. the systematic description of nature in general. [1820 …   Universalium

  • physiography — noun The subfield of geography that studies physical patterns and processes of the Earth. It aims to understand the forces that produce and change rocks, oceans, weather, and global flora and fauna patterns. Syn: geosystems, physical geography …   Wiktionary

  • physiography —    The science of the origin and evolution of land forms [16] …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

  • physiography — Synonyms and related words: cosmical geology, dynamic geology, geodesy, geodetics, geodynamics, geognosy, geographics, geography, geological chemistry, geological engineering, geology, geomorphogeny, geomorphology, geophysics, geoscopy,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • physiography — n. physical geography, study of the features of the Earth s surface,phys·i og·ra·phy || ‚fɪzɪɑgrÉ™fɪ / É’grÉ™fɪ …   English contemporary dictionary

  • physiography — phys·i·og·ra·phy …   English syllables

  • physiography — phys•i•og•ra•phy [[t]ˌfɪz iˈɒg rə fi[/t]] n. 1) geo physical geography 2) geo (formerly) geomorphology • Etymology: 1820–30 phys i•og′ra•pher, n. phys i•o•graph′ic əˈgræf ɪk phys i•o•graph′i•cal, adj …   From formal English to slang

  • physiography — /fɪziˈɒgrəfi/ (say fizee ogruhfee) noun 1. → physical geography. 2. the systematic description of nature in general. –physiographer, noun –physiographic /fɪziəˈgræfɪk/ (say fizeeuh grafik), physiographical /fɪziəˈgræfɪkəl/ (say fizeeuh grafikuhl) …   Australian English dictionary

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