from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See physical geography.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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 of the atmosphere and ocean, the secular variations in heat, moisture, magnetism, etc.; physical geography.
- n. The descriptive part of a natural science as distinguished from the explanatory or theoretic part.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A word of rather variable meaning, but, as most generally used, nearly or quite the equivalent of physical geography (which see, under physical). Also called geophysics.
- n. [For the use of the word physiography by Huxley, as meaning a peculiar kind of physical geography, see the following quotation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the study of physical features of the earth's surface
physio- + -graphy (Wiktionary)