to·​pol·​o·​gy | \tə-ˈpä-lə-jē, tä-\
plural topologies

Definition of topology 

1 : topographic study of a particular place specifically : the history of a region as indicated by its topography

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 space

b : configuration topology of a molecule topology of a magnetic field

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Other Words from topology

topologist \tə-​ˈpä-​lə-​jist, tä-​ \ noun

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Next, engineers created the basic topology of the virtual environment using a traditional game engine. James Vincent, The Verge, "Nvidia has created the first video game demo using AI-generated graphics," 3 Dec. 2018 Physicists have learned to use concepts from geometry and topology to understand the enormous complexity that quantum mechanics can generate. Frank Wilczek, WSJ, "The Second Quantum Revolution," 18 Oct. 2018 The interior is a topology of the familiar, the amortized-by-the-million, from seats to digital displays to switch assemblies. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Volkswagen Jetta: Return of the Great Cheap Car," 10 Aug. 2018 Musk acknowledged on Twitter that the latter idea was less likely to work given the cave’s topology, and it’s unclear how long either might take to design, test and implement. Time, "Divers Begin Rescue Operation to Free 12 Boys and Their Soccer Coach Trapped in a Thai Cave," 8 July 2018 These states are described by the mathematics of topology, which is where the name and the fear come from. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Many rings, not one, create a laser to confound us all," 2 Feb. 2018 After 14 days’ treatment with the elixir, subjects reported a 60 percent difference than their control group in their ITA, or individual topology angle (a measurement of skin pigmentation). Phillip Picardi, Allure, "La Prairie's Platinum Rare Cellular Night Elixir Serum Is a $1200 Promise for "Newborn Skin"," 6 Mar. 2018 Intel has also dramatically redesigned the way each core exchanges data with another, introducing a mesh topology. Mark Walton, Ars Technica, "Intel Core i9-7960X review: It beats Threadripper, but for a price," 25 Sep. 2017 Algebraic topology is concerned with figuring out how many components, holes, and paths exist in a space. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "Your Brain's Connections Exist in Eight Dimensions," 26 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of topology

1850, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of topology was in 1850

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to·​pol·​o·​gy | \tə-ˈpäl-ə-jē, tä- \
plural topologies

Medical Definition of topology 

2 : configuration sense 1 the topology of a molecule

Other Words from topology

topological \ˌtäp-​ə-​ˈläj-​i-​kəl \ also topologic \-​ik \ adjective

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