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topography

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noun to·pog·ra·phy \tə-ˈpä-grə-fē\

Simple Definition of topography

  • : the art or science of making maps that show the height, shape, etc., of the land in a particular area

  • : the features (such as mountains and rivers) in an area of land

Full Definition of topography

  1. 1a :  the art or practice of graphic delineation in detail usually on maps or charts of natural and man-made features of a place or region especially in a way to show their relative positions and elevationsb :  topographical surveying

  2. 2a :  the configuration of a surface including its relief and the position of its natural and man-made featuresb :  the physical or natural features of an object or entity and their structural relationships <the topography of human chromosomes> <the political topography of our time>

Examples of topography

  1. <a map of the topography of the coastline shows a significant loss of wetlands>



Origin of topography

Middle English topographie, from Late Latin topographia, from Greek, from topographein to describe a place, from topos place + graphein to write — more at carve


First Known Use: 15th century

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topography

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noun to·pog·ra·phy \tə-ˈpäg-rə-fē\

Medical Definition of topography

plural to·pog·ra·phies

  1. 1:  the physical or natural features of an object or entity and their structural relationships <the topography of the abdomen> <the topography (size and fluorescent staining intensity) of human chromosomes—Science News>

  2. 2:  regional anatomy





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