to·​po·​graph·​i·​cal | \ ˌtä-pə-ˈgra-fi-kəl How to pronounce topographical (audio) , 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 How to pronounce topographically (audio) , ˌtō-​ \ adverb

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The critical terrain studies included every aspect of a site’s natural and man-made topographical features. James Herrera, The Mercury News, "Monterey County woman had crucial role in 1944 D-Day invasion," 6 June 2019 The water under the city that constantly seeps into the subway has never been fully charted, but an 1865 map by the topographical engineer Egbert L. Viele shows the waterways of the once-green island of Manhattan. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "Water, Water Everywhere in New York Subway. And With it, Problems," 12 Feb. 2018 An extra step Mitch Brown, the communications manager at the Seaside Police Department, said topographical barriers remain a challenge. Brenna Visser, The Seattle Times, "Communication dead spots frustrate Cannon Beach police," 8 Oct. 2018 The dense rough, deceptive topographical challenges and unforgiving greens of Shinnecock Hills continued to flummox the world’s best golfers. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "Dustin Johnson Pulls Away in Round 2 of the U.S. Open," 15 June 2018 Smooth and soft, the pillow is stitched with the topographical lines of Mount Rainier. Olivia Hall, The Seattle Times, "5 locally made home finds to spruce up your fall décor," 10 Sep. 2018 The villa film puts those at our fingertips and before our eyes, embodied in exquisite topographical and physical forms, and offers us fantasies that seem both accessible and impossible. New York Times, "Beautiful People in European Villas: a Film Genre of Its Own," 15 May 2018 Instead, a probe scans the sample and produces a topographical map of its surface with nanoscale resolution. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Just pee in a cup for bladder cancer detection," 10 Dec. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce topographical (audio) \
variants: or topographic \ -​ik How to pronounce topographic (audio) \

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 How to pronounce topographically (audio) \ adverb

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