to·​po·​graph·​i·​cal ˌtä-pə-ˈgra-fi-kəl How to pronounce topographical (audio)
: of, relating to, or concerned with the artistic representation of a particular locality
a topographical poem
topographical painting
topographically adverb

Examples of topographical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If all that has your head spinning, just remember that the 955 also has some of the most foundational and useful tools for runners/cyclists, including preloaded topographical maps with riding/running courses and turn-by-turn navigation. Corey Gaskin, Ars Technica, 25 Mar. 2023 Hilltop castles and fortifications around the world testify to the topographical advantages long recognized by human strategists. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Nov. 2023 In a topographical anomaly impossible virtually anywhere but Rio, the fifth-floor penthouse opens directly onto the mountainside, surrounded by forest. Michael Snyder Pedro Kok, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2023 Each tray is laser cut with a topographical map of the body of water and its surrounding geography and encased with a protective sheet of glass so it can still be used and cleaned easily while also being admired. Olivia Muenter, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2023 Finally, contour lines mark changes in size, or magnitude, as on a topographical map. Jordana Cepelewicz, Quanta Magazine, 21 Sep. 2023 The backlit abstract topographical map of Sweden's Abisko National Park on the dash and door panels is a fancy touch. Jonathon Ramsey, Car and Driver, 12 July 2022 Its goal was to create a topographical map of the Earth with a horizontal pixel spacing of 12 meters. IEEE Spectrum, 30 June 2023 The models now serve as a standard for many geoscientific, remote sensing, topographical, and commercial applications. IEEE Spectrum, 30 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

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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Cite this Entry

“Topographical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


topo·​graph·​i·​cal ˌtäp-ə-ˈgraf-i-kəl How to pronounce topographical (audio)
variants or topographic
: of, relating to, or concerned with topography
topographical correspondences between the skin and the cortexF. A. Geldard
: of or relating to a mind made up of different strata and especially of the conscious, preconscious, and unconscious
topographically adverb
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