Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The scientific study of the origin, history, and structure of the earth.
  • n. The structure of a specific region of the earth's crust.
  • n. A book on geology.
  • n. The scientific study of the origin, history, and structure of the solid matter of a celestial body.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The science that studies the structure of the earth (or other planets), together with its origin and development, especially by examination of its rocks

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The science which treats: (a) Of the structure and mineral constitution of the globe; structural geology. (b) Of its history as regards rocks, minerals, rivers, valleys, mountains, climates, life, etc.; historical geology. (c) Of the causes and methods by which its structure, features, changes, and conditions have been produced; dynamical geology. See Chart of The Geological Series.
  • n. A treatise on the science.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The science of the past and present condition of the earth, with special reference to the physical changes which it has undergone or which may still be taking place.
  • n. ;
  • n. The geological conditions or features of a place: as, the geology of a district.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks

Etymologies

Medieval Latin geōlogia, study of earthly things : Greek geō-, geo- + Greek -logiā, -logy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Modern Latin geologia, from Ancient Greek γῆ (gē, "earth") + -logia ("-logy"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mainly within the last century has this knowledge been organized into the science of geology, and only within the last few decades have the complex and increasing demands of modern civilization required the applications of geology to practical uses, resulting in the development of the science generally known as _economic geology_.

    The Economic Aspect of Geology

  • The term geology was first used in the late 18th Century.

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  • I will try to knock out a Ph. D in geology, and we are already talking about going to Canada.

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  • Someone who has a PhD in geology definitely knows quite a lot about rocks, but he or she probably knows very little about gastrointestinal disease — and in similar vein, someone with a PhD in linguistics knows a lot about human languages but probably not a lot about botany.

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  • "Flood geology" is implied in the Bible, although not so named.

    Alternative to Dembski's Theodicy?

  • Please understand I have no problem in folks claiming that some dinosaurs perished in the flood as long as they affirm that Noah had two brontosauruses on the Ark. I have no problem with claims that the flood left geologic evidence only with folks claiming that flood geology is some how different in kind than all other geology.

    Alternative to Dembski's Theodicy?

  • I also know of no flood apologists that claim flood geology is different in kind than all other geology, but merely that different assumptions are used in the interpretation of the data. fifth monarchy man continues:

    Alternative to Dembski's Theodicy?

  • Liz attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she received a bachelor's degree in geology; today she strikes fear into the hearts of restaurant owners and landlords as a health inspector.

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  • I don't know Dan McGee, but I do know that a degree in geology does not establish one's expertise on global warming.

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  • Dan McGee and has a degree in geology and Roy Brown has a degree in Petroleum Engineering and neither are working in the oil business.

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