- the detailed mapping or charting of the features of a relatively small area, district, or locality.
- the detailed description, especially by means of surveying, of particular localities, as cities, towns, or estates.
- the relief features or surface configuration of an area.
- the features, relations, or configuration of a structural entity.
- a schema of a structural entity, as of the mind, a field of study, or society, reflecting a division into distinct areas having a specific relation or a specific position relative to one another.
Origin of topography
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Examples from the Web for topographic
He pocketed a topographic map of the border region from the base and prepared his family for the trip ahead.Why I Fled Syria’s Army
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This cycle of events is called the erosion cycle or topographic cycle.
This is accomplished by geologic and topographic mapping of the surface.
In the story of that siege will be shown its topographic position.
The Cordillera Vilcapampa is a climatic as well as a topographic barrier.The Andes of Southern Peru
A complete historical and topographic encyclopdia of its subject.
- the study or detailed description of the surface features of a region
- the detailed mapping of the configuration of a region
- the land forms or surface configuration of a region
- the surveying of a region's surface features
- the study or description of the configuration of any object
Word Origin and History for topographic
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The description of the regions of the body or of a body part, especially the regions of a definite and limited area of the surface.
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- The three-dimensional arrangement of physical attributes (such as shape, height, and depth) of a land surface in a place or region. Physical features that make up the topography of an area include mountains, valleys, plains, and bodies of water. Human-made features such as roads, railroads, and landfills are also often considered part of a region's topography.
- The detailed description or drawing of the physical features of a place or region, especially in the form of contour maps.
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