topographical

adjective
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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Other Words from topographical

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

Examples of topographical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When the city first started allowing marijuana businesses in 2014, the distance was based on a straight line from the business — without regard to topographical features or path of travel. David Garrick, Los Angeles Times, "San Diego advances ban on marijuana billboards near schools, parks and youth centers," 5 Oct. 2019 The city subsequently softened the rule to take into account topographical barriers, such as canyons, and constructed barriers, such as freeways. David Garrick, Los Angeles Times, "San Diego advances ban on marijuana billboards near schools, parks and youth centers," 5 Oct. 2019 In that sense, year-end lists always feel worth making, if only to have a topographical map of one’s own heart and mind. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "The Best Music of 2019 and the Best Music of the Decade," 3 Dec. 2019 For example, two groups of materials scientists recently demonstrated how a class of materials could reversibly transform from a flat rubber-like sheet into a 3-D topographical map of a face. Michael Ford, The Conversation, "Soft robots of the future may depend on new materials that conduct electricity, sense damage and self-heal," 7 Nov. 2019 The city subsequently softened the rule to take into account topographical barriers, such as canyons, and constructed barriers, such as freeways. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego cracking down on marijuana billboards but loosening other rules," 1 Oct. 2019 The permit process for dispensaries in Lemon Grove also includes stipulations that the City Council can consider topographical and constructed barriers such as freeways and storm drain channels when considering distance measurements. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lemon Grove City Council denies appeals for medical marijuana dispensaries," 24 July 2019 To walk up steep sand dunes in the woods is to experience one of Mother Nature’s best topographical mixed metaphors — and also to make your calves remind you of their daily contribution. New York Times, "Welcome to America’s Newest National Park. Don’t Mind the Power Plant.," 17 July 2019 Designed for backpackers, Gaia offers topographical and satellite maps for any kind of outdoor adventure. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "These Apps Will Keep You From Getting Lost in the Outdoors," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of topographical

1571, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Topographical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/topographical. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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topographical

adjective
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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