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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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 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

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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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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

Other Words from topographical

topographically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce topographically (audio) \ adverb

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