from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The science of the relationships between organisms and their environments. Also called bionomics.
- n. The relationship between organisms and their environment.
- n. The branch of sociology that is concerned with studying the relationships between human groups and their physical and social environments. Also called human ecology.
- n. The study of the detrimental effects of modern civilization on the environment, with a view toward prevention or reversal through conservation. Also called human ecology.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The branch of biology dealing with the relationships of organisms with their environment and with each other.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the branch of biology concerned with the various relations of animals and plants to one another and to their surrounding environment.
- n. The various relations of animals and plants to one another and to the outer world; -- now more commonly spelled ecology.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In biology, the science of animal and vegetable economy; the study of the phenomena of the life-history of organisms, in their individual and reciprocal relations; the doctrine of the laws of animal and vegetable activities, as manifested in their modes of life. Thus, parasitism, socialism, and nest-building are prominent in the scope of œcology.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the branch of biology concerned with the relations between organisms and their environment
- n. the environment as it relates to living organisms
The word ecology comes from the Greek words oikos and logos, and literally means "study of the home."
He reminds us that the first part of the word "ecology" derives from the Greek word for house.
Historically and psychologically, this close connection to ecology is understandable.
"It's really counterintuitive," said University of Wisconsin ecology professor Monica Turner, co-author of a paper that has been accepted for publication in Ecological Monographs.
Diversity of the cultural ecology is a desirable state of affairs, especially in opposition to the accelerating trend toward the uniform digitalization of all sensory experience, wherein an electronic “reader” stands between experience and observation, and all manifestation is encoded identically …
Kirk Prindle has actual professional qualifications in ecology and conservation.
Well, she got an NSF fellowship that sent graduate students in ecology and conservation biology to Minnesota's metropolitan schools.
Since then we've added content in ecology; in a few weeks we're going to launch a new cell biology module, and over the next year we're planning to expand across the remaining life sciences.
I encourage you to take a class in ecology at a local community college, or if there isn't one close by, a couple good books in MODERN ecology certainly be enlightening.
Like the terms ecology and ecumenism, the word economy has the root oikos, which is a Greek word that translates as family or house.