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Geographic \Ge`o*graph"ic\, Geographical \Ge`o*graph"ic*al\, a. Of or pertaining to geography.

Geographical distribution. See under Distribution.

Geographic latitude (of a place), the angle included between a line perpendicular or normal to the level surface of water at rest at the place, and the plane of the equator; differing slightly from the geocentric latitude by reason of the difference between the earth's figure and a true sphere.

Geographical mile. See under Mile.

Geographical variation, any variation of a species which is dependent on climate or other geographical conditions.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1620s, shortened form of geographical; in some cases probably from Middle French géographique.


a. 1 Pertaining to geography. 2 determine by geography, as opposed to magnetic (i.e. North.)

  1. adj. of or relating to the science of geography [syn: geographical]

  2. determined by geography; "the north and south geographic poles" [syn: geographical] [ant: magnetic]


Usage examples of "geographic".

This geographic reorientation displaced the centre of world gravity in a decisive manner.

It matters that the Matterhorn is a mountain, for example, because it makes a simple roller coaster into a geographic adventure.

Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell and Gilbert Grosvenor of the National Geographic Society.

He held a pipe in one hand, a National Geographic magazine and a newspaper in his lap.

The geographic boundaries accompany the social, ethnic, and cultural ones in expected ways.

Also for the first time, Asia acquired a precise intellectual and historical dimension with which to buttress the myths of its geographic distance and vastness.

The boundary notion of East and West, the varying degrees of projected inferiority and strength, the range of work done, the kinds of characteristic features ascribed to the Orient: all these testify to a willed imaginative and geographic division made between East and West, and lived through during many centuries.

Siegal, Bruce Corson, and the staffs of the Drake University Library in Des Moines and the National Geographic Society Library in Washington.

America in enclaves that reflected their geographic origins, the four main waves of immigrants thus managed to preserve distinctive regional identities.

First, with the exception of the final wave of immigrants from the Scottish borders and Ulster, the geographic background of colonial immigrants was nothing like as uniform as Fischer implies.

Until 1916, New Hampshire had a stream called the Quohquinapassakessamanagnog, but then the cheerless bureaucrats at the Board on Geographic Names in Washington arbitrarily changed it to Beaver Creek.

President Benjamin Harrison founded the ten-man Board on Geographic Names.

After starting as the Board on Geographic Names, it became the Geographic Board, then the Board on Geographical Names and now is once again the Board on Geographic Names.

They traveled across the stars in a ship called Geographic to find paradise.

The communications building controlled all contact with the Orion spacecraft Geographic still in orbit above, the branch settlements around the island, and the automated mining apparatus on the mainland.