Definition of physiography :
1. The descriptive part of a natural science as distinguished from the explanatory or theoretic part; as, mineral physiography.
2. 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.
- He had now found an English name for the German Erdkunde, and his book on Physiography was simply an account of the leading things and forces of nature. - "Thomas Henry Huxley; A Sketch Of His Life And Work", P. Chalmers Mitchell.
- The central feature of physiography is the so- called erosion cycle or topographic cycle. - "The Economic Aspect of Geology", C. K. Leith.
- I usually occupied my class with botanising; and also as geographical master, I turned these occasions to profit by leading on my boys to think for themselves and to apprehend the relations of various parts of the earth's surface: on these and other perceptions gained in this way I based my instruction in physiography, making them my point of departure. - "Autobiography of Friedrich Froebel", Friedrich Froebel.