Definition of topography in English:

topography

Line breaks: top¦og|raphy
Pronunciation: /təˈpɒgrəfi
 
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noun (plural topographies)

[mass noun]
  • 1The arrangement of the natural and artificial physical features of an area: the topography of the island
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    • The site plan responds to the site's topography, respecting natural arroyos and ridges.
    • However, there is a potential for increased tourism because of the natural beauty and varied topography and because the country is unspoiled and inexpensive.
    • It lies on a chalk knoll, its natural topography having been sculptured and modelled through successive phases of construction and reconstruction.
  • 1.1 [count noun] A detailed description or representation on a map of the physical features of an area.
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    • The exhibition studies immigration patterns in the region as well as the blend of the urban, suburban and wilderness topographies of West Coast cities.
    • Exploration, like with Knights of the Old Republic, is performed in fully rendered 3D environments that are loaded with tons of detail, assorted interactive personalities, and large open range topographies.
    • And this percentage is even greater when aerial topographies are used.
  • 2 Anatomy & Biology The distribution of parts or features on the surface of or within an organ or organism.
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    • The use of atomic force microscopy has recently allowed measurement of the endothelial surface topography in vitro for the first time.
    • The outcome of infection depends mainly on the severity and topography of histological gastritis, which may be determined by the age at which infection is acquired.
    • Second, the cellular surface topography is different.

Derivatives

topographer

noun
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  • Using various perspectives allows the investigator to map technical core activities, managerial-level actions, and strategies at the institutional level, not unlike topographers mapping terrain.
  • For example, topographers would record a mountain as a set of measurements, which a cartographer would later condense into a set of contour lines, enabling the ready visual apprehension of the mountain as a topographic fact.
  • He and his colleagues borrowed ideas from photogrammetry, a technique used by topographers and aerial surveyors to create three-dimensional views from two-dimensional images.

Origin

late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek topographia, from topos 'place' + -graphia (see -graphy).

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