from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The study of the physical and mental development and characteristics of children.
- n. The scientific study of soils, including their origins, characteristics, and uses.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The sub-discipline of soil science that: studies soils as a component of natural systems or deals with soil genesis and soil classification or studies the soil profile or solum in its natural setting.
- n. The study of the behaviour and development of children.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Pediatrics.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The science of the child, theoretical and applied; child-study in its widest sense. The term was apparently introduced by O. Chrisman in 1896. Also paidology.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the branch of medicine concerned with the treatment of infants and children
For that matter, the word "pedology" means either the study of child behavior or the study of soil, depending on the context.
His main scientific interests are: forest pedology, influence of plants on pedogenesis, mineral weathering in soil, carbon sequestration in forest soils, effects of forest fires on soil properties.
The tempo of scientific investigation increased rapidly after 1938, with emphasis on specialized fields such as limnology, wildlife management, ecology, pedology and archeology.
Physical Geography itself can be divided into five main sub-fields: climatology, geomorphology, pedology, biogeography, and hydrology.
Irrigation of many soils, including the commonly-occurring silty or sandy loams, is relatively straight forward and does not call for extensive knowledge of pedology on the part of the irrigation engineer.
Soil science, whether edaphology or pedology, is designed to deal with the nature and properties of soils relevant to plant growth.
At Bowie State University, I am studying pedology because I want to become a child psychologist or counselor.
The term "land classification" was - employed, rather than "soil classification. as other factors aside from the type of soil (pedology) were involved, including the cost of bringing water to the particular lands concerned.