Definition of topology
2a (1) : a branch of mathematics concerned with those properties of geometric configurations (such as point sets) which are unaltered by elastic deformations (such as a stretching or a twisting) that are homeomorphisms (2) : the set of all open subsets of a topological spaceb : configuration topology of a molecule topology of a magnetic field
topologistplay \-jist\ noun
Recent Examples of topology from the Web
Whatever the evidence, the topology of multi-hop networks needs less power, as the signals go only a short distance.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'topology'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Origin and Etymology of topology
International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1850
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up topology? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).