to·​po·​log·​i·​cal | \ ˌtä-pə-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce topological (audio) \

Definition of topological

1 : of or relating to topology
2 : being or involving properties unaltered under a homeomorphism continuity and connectedness are topological properties

Other Words from topological

topologically \ ˌtä-​pə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce topological (audio) \ adverb

Examples of topological in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Certain topological requirements have to be met, too. Washington Post, 25 Apr. 2022 But its topological properties don’t change, even though its geometry does. Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 5 Apr. 2022 Optimization was used to increase a measure called the topological gap. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 15 Mar. 2022 The result is the first direct measurement of the topological order of a quantum spin liquid. Quanta Magazine, 2 Dec. 2021 Morava K-theory was created in the 1970s to expand the tower of topological theories. Quanta Magazine, 9 Dec. 2021 The field of topological quantum computing still has promise, but the task has shown itself to be even more difficult than researchers first imagined. Michael Moyer, Quanta Magazine, 22 Dec. 2021 The fundamental groupoid of the space formed by the inflatable exterior of a beach ball, a sphere in topological terms, also has this description: there is a unique path up to homotopy between any two points. Emily Riehl, Scientific American, 17 Sep. 2021 Microsoft, for one, is staking its main quantum computing strategy on topological qubits. Quanta Magazine, 29 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of topological

1715, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 May 2022

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“Topological.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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