geologize

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geologize (third-person singular simple present geologizes, present participle geologizing, simple past and past participle geologized)

  1. To study the geology of a location in the field
    • 1824, The British Critic
      ...those many valuable writers, who have unwisely lent their science to uphold and propagate the vicious doctrine of a chaotic geogeny, may geologize with full security...
    • 1830, "Geology", American Quarterly Review
      We travel here in an extraordinary manner, but we cannot geologize by steam-boats.
    • 1839, Charles Darwin, The Voyage of the Beagle
      We continued northwards in a zigzag line; sometimes stopping a day to geologize.
    • 1864, Jules Verne, Journey to the Centre of the Earth
      There was a certain wood, which, by rising at early morn, and taking the cheap train, I could reach at eleven in the morning. Here I would botanize or geologize at my will.
    • 1869, The Spectator, 27 March.
      ...and ploughmen will botanize or geologize on their way home from their daily toil...
    • 2007, Charles Kingsley, Madame How and Lady Why: First Lessons in Earth Lore for Children, ISBN 1425087612.
      And between the intervals of eating fruit, we will geologize on the way home, with this little bit of paper to show us where we are.
    • 2011, Edward J. Larson, An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science, ISBN 0300154089.
      Scott presumably foresaw this, which may explain his decision to geologize on the return trip once he lost priority at the pole.