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 topographical (audio) , ˌtō-​ \ adverb

Examples of topographical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Krieger calls his view of MS the topographical model (referring to the mountains jutting out of the water). Bret Stetka, Scientific American, "Think of Multiple Sclerosis as a Leaking Swimming Pool," 18 June 2015 Scaled up to the size of the continental United States, a cryo-frozen mirror segment’s biggest topographical feature would be just less than 8 centimeters high. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "Mirror on the Cosmos: NASA's Next Big Telescope Takes Shape," 30 Jan. 2016 Once the scans are finished, Hirox’s software can spit out a huge variety of data, including typical 3D models, topographical maps, and super-precise horizontal measurements. Popular Science, "Check out this 10-billion-pixel, 3D panorama of an iconic painting," 25 Jan. 2021 All these systems are neurally linked such that, for example, the transmission can proactively adjust shifting points based on the navigation’s topographical data or the Active Cruise Control’s foreknowledge of slowing traffic ahead. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2021 BMW M550i: A Sedan That Won’t Put You to Sleep," 23 Dec. 2020 This is a wooden carving made from actual topographical scans that NASA made from the moon. Sara Chodosh, Popular Science, "Science-themed decor to beautify any nerdy home," 19 Nov. 2020 The resulting works feature snaking networks of lines and abysses that call to mind topographical maps, such as those for the relatively unexplored surfaces of moons and planets, and the vast mysteries concealed along the ocean floors. Danielle Avram, Dallas News, "Finding the missing piece: Dallas-based artist Gabriel Dawe looks inward in his new show at Talley Dunn," 12 Oct. 2020 The American landscapists liked topographical accuracy, with wiggle room allowed. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Actually, Iconic Documentary: An Absorbing Hour with Richard Estes," 22 Aug. 2020 There are several types of maps, including political maps that feature countries and capitals and topographical maps that present physical features (natural and manmade) of a region. Sian Babish,, "The best educational poster," 11 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of topographical

1571, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of topographical was in 1571

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“Topographical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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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 topographical (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 topographical (audio) \ adverb

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