to·​po·​graph·​ic | \ ˌtä-pə-ˈgra-fik How to pronounce topographic (audio) , ˌtō- \

Definition of topographic

: of, relating to, or concerned with topography topographic maps

Examples of topographic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To reconstruct those early travelers’ potential paths, researchers assembled the first detailed topographic map of Sahul—including past coastal lands now underwater—from satellite, aerial, and undersea mapping data. David Malakoff, Science | AAAS, "Ancient Australian ‘superhighways’ suggested by massive supercomputing study," 4 May 2021 Shaking is amplified by low-lying sandy sediments in Port-au-Prince, but also on some of Haiti's hills and ridges due to a topographic effect. Allison Chinchar, CNN, "When it comes to earthquakes, size matters but so does the terrain," 1 May 2021 The green matchsticks, placed at varying heights for topographic effect, served as a metaphor for trees. D.w. Pine, Time, "The Story Behind TIME's 'Climate Is Everything' Cover," 15 Apr. 2021 Research the trip with GPS, satellite photos, topographic maps, and maps that delineate prime habitat and private/public land demarcations before heading out. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, "8 Overlooked Spring Turkey-Hunting Hotspots," 19 Mar. 2021 There are numerous variables contributing to that price tag, including two expenses few people consider: topographic survey work and stormwater management. Mia Taylor, Better Homes & Gardens, "How Much Does It Really Cost to Renovate Your Outdoor Space?," 18 Mar. 2021 Unlike the lower sections of the tree, the bark here is smooth and seamless with a purple tint, and etched with fine lines like topographic contours. Thayer Walker, Scientific American, "Are Giant Sequoia Trees Succumbing to Drought?," 29 Dec. 2016 Those in favor of doing so argue that topographic changes to the earth and increasing global temperatures caused by emissions from human activity worldwide are measurable signs that our planet is on the cusp of a new geologic chapter. Doris Elín Urrutia, Scientific American, "Dramatic Scope of the Anthropocene Can Be Seen from Above," 12 Nov. 2020 When used from a plane, millions of points are collected, resulting in a detailed topographic map of the landscape. Gabriel D. Wrobel, The Conversation, "How do archaeologists know where to dig?," 4 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of topographic

1632, in the meaning defined above

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11 May 2021

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“Topographic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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