to·​po·​graph·​i·​cal | \ˌtä-pə-ˈgra-fi-kəl, ˌtō-\

Definition of topographical 

2 : of, relating to, or concerned with the artistic representation of a particular locality a topographical poem topographical painting

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topographically \ˌtä-​pə-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē, ˌtō-​ \ adverb

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Like a map legend denoting various topographical symbols, this image seems to touch on all the major themes for the Madrid-based 24-year-old: cinematic references and outlandish self-styling; gender tropes and self-discovery in the digital age. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Meet the Madrid Artist Whose Cinematic Beauty Looks Are Straight out of an Almodovar Movie," 23 Aug. 2018 Runners must trace the course from a topographical map hours before the race begins. David G. Allan, CNN, "The infamous murderer's prison escape that inspired a near-impossible ultramarathon," 26 May 2018 Violent clashes at Midway, Trafalgar and Jutland have left us no grassy battlefields to walk, no topographical maps to study, no points of reference except sunken carcasses lying deep below the water’s surface. Jonathan W. Jordan, WSJ, "‘World War II at Sea’ Review: A History Written in Water," 18 May 2018 It was made of steel mesh, with various people-shaped cutouts and subsequent patch-jobs forming a topographical map of migrants determined not to let the fence stop them. Marie Myung-ok Lee, Longreads, "Politics and Prose," 18 May 2018 Indeed, Albright's approach to the figure is almost topographical. Dmitry Samarov, Chicago Reader, "Ivan Albright’s meticulous attention to the human body continues to be an inspiration to young artists," 18 May 2018 Its tropical location and topographical variety mean Colombia’s biodiversity is second only to Brazil’s. The Economist, "Colombia’s national survey of its biodiversity is ambitious," 17 May 2018 Notice to bidders for the renovation of the courthouse in Valparaiso, as well as a $6,000 contract with the Duneland Group for a topographical survey of the property. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Porter County insurance savings reach $280K," 17 Apr. 2018 One of a pair of British porcelain green-ground topographical vases. Wendy Goodman, The Cut, "The Rockefeller Knickknacks," 15 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of topographical

1571, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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topo·​graph·​i·​cal | \ˌtäp-ə-ˈgraf-i-kəl \
variants: or topographic \-​ik \

Medical Definition of topographical 

1 : of, relating to, or concerned with topography topographical correspondences between the skin and the cortex— F. A. Geldard

2 : of or relating to a mind made up of different strata and especially of the conscious, preconscious, and unconscious

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topographically \-​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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