topography


to·pog·ra·phy

noun \tə-ˈpä-grə-fē\

: 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
a :  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 elevations
b :  topographical surveying
2
a :  the configuration of a surface including its relief and the position of its natural and man-made features
b :  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

Other Cartography Terms

Robinson projection, benchmark, plat, projection

to·pog·ra·phy

noun \tə-ˈpäg-rə-fē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural to·pog·ra·phies

Medical Definition of TOPOGRAPHY

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>

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