to·​po·​graph·​ic ˌtä-pə-ˈgra-fik How to pronounce topographic (audio)
: of, relating to, or concerned with topography
topographic maps

Examples of topographic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In August, the Justice Department submitted a binational topographic survey, conducted in late July, which found that nearly 80 percent of the barrier was positioned in Mexican waters. Sasha Pezenik, ABC News, 7 Sep. 2023 Terms in stone wall science involve the size, shape, composition, source and arrangement of stones; the vertical and horizontal structures of tiers, courses and terminations; and their topographic settings on the landscape. Robert M. Thorson, Discover Magazine, 9 Dec. 2023 They are currently ranked with an emphasis placed on biodiversity but can be refined to emphasize 21 landscape characteristics unique to each, including variables such as topographic diversity, endemic species counts, and the rarity of each core’s ecology. National Geographic, 12 Jan. 2023 The accessory comes in eight designs, including a basic carbon black hue, a black-and-white topographic Yellowstone pattern, a shopper-favorite watercolor world map print, and the celestial, starry sky depiction. Olivia Young, Travel + Leisure, 12 Nov. 2023 On transit, both talked about the topographic challenges limiting public transportation in San Diego County. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Oct. 2023 The effort relied on oral histories of local tribes, remote sensing equipment aboard satellites, U.S. Geological Survey topographic maps, century-old aerial photographs, historical archives, museum collections and law centers. Louis Sahagún, Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2023 The name Mount Evans was first applied to the peak in the 1870s and first published on U.S. Geological Survey topographic maps in 1903, according to research compiled for the national naming board. Thomas Peipert, Chicago Tribune, 15 Sep. 2023 The comprehensive retracing is based on a review of topographic maps, satellite imagery, videos recorded by eyewitnesses and tax parcel data, as well as interviews with area residents and experts in fire, ecology and botany. Brianna Sacks, Washington Post, 2 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1632, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of topographic was in 1632

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“Topographic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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to·​po·​graph·​ic ˌtäp-ə-ˈgraf-ik How to pronounce topographic (audio)
variants or topographical
: of, relating to, or showing topography
a topographic map

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