topographic

adjective
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

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In 1966, the Soviet spacecraft Luna 9 overcame the moon's topographic hurdles and became the first vehicle to soft-land safely on the surface. Jenny Howard, National Geographic, "A brief history of moon exploration," 5 July 2019 The topographic maps made by the United States Geological Survey are the gold standard for finding your way through rugged terrain. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "These Apps Will Keep You From Getting Lost in the Outdoors," 3 July 2019 The fire took place Monday while crew on the craft were conducting topographic measurements of the seabed near Russia’s Severomorsk base in the Barents Sea, the ministry said. Washington Post, "Fire on Russian submersible vessel kills at least 14 sailors," 3 July 2019 Chinese mountainsides are sculpted into terraced rice paddy pools that transform once rugged terrain into three-dimensional topographic maps. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Edward Burtynsky photos at Cleveland Museum of Art document mankind’s troubled relationship with water," 23 June 2019 These cartographic and topographic maps offer a level of detail previously unavailable when looking at Pluto. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "These Maps of Pluto and Its Moon Charon Are the Most Detailed Ever Made," 13 July 2018 The man who had previously limited himself to describing the topographic and geologic formations of the western lands had now waded directly into populist politics, driven by isohyets and tables of rainfall-per-acre statistics. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 Previous maps had mostly defined the nation by political boundaries or topographic features. John F. Ross, Smithsonian, "The Visionary John Wesley Powell Had a Plan for Developing the West, But Nobody Listened," 3 July 2018 Kelley also pointed out that with the region in a river valley belted by two major interstates, Greater Cincinnati is a topographic laboratory for poor air quality. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "The reason Cincy's air is bad? It's summertime, and the ozone is baking," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of topographic

1632, in the meaning defined above

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