to·​po·​log·​i·​cal ˌtä-pə-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce topological (audio)
: of or relating to topology
: being or involving properties unaltered under a homeomorphism
continuity and connectedness are topological properties
topologically adverb

Examples of topological in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead of just copying a polygon on a flat plane, this approach maps copies of polygons onto topological surfaces, doughnuts with one or more holes in them. Quanta Magazine, 15 Feb. 2024 Scientists around the world have investigated ways in which topological protection could make quantum computers more robust against outside interference. IEEE Spectrum, 23 Feb. 2022 Now, researchers in Germany, China, and Sweden have created a novel magnetic knot inside a material that, unlike previous topological twists, can move in all three dimensions. IEEE Spectrum, 23 Dec. 2023 One such topological excitation, called a skyrmion, has been observed in multiple materials. IEEE Spectrum, 23 Dec. 2023 Regardless, Frolov at the University of Pittsburgh says that neither demonstration appears to have brought the field closer to the true technological purpose of a topological qubit. Sophia Chen, WIRED, 21 Dec. 2023 This system marks the birth of topological codes—and with it, another connection between condensed matter physics and quantum error correction. Zaira Nazario, Scientific American, 1 May 2022 The researchers’ simulations successfully recreated what a topological soliton would look like if placed in front of a camera lens. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 2 May 2023 In phases with topological order, entanglement organizes particles into loops of aligned spins. Charlie Wood, Quanta Magazine, 9 May 2023 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'topological.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1715, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of topological was in 1715

Dictionary Entries Near topological

Cite this Entry

“Topological.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!