Definition of topographical in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌtäpəˈɡrafək(ə)l/


1Relating to the arrangement or accurate representation of the physical features of an area: the topographical features of the river valley
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  • The Celts, who came to this corner of the land about 300 B.C. were probably the first to give names to the topographical features of the area.
  • The province is also developing new nutrient management zones based on soil classification and topographical features to identify areas more vulnerable to nutrient loss to ground and surface water.
  • Geographically accurate topographical maps with close contours to show the drainage pattern at micro level are not available.
1.1(Of a work of art or an artist) dealing with or depicting places (especially towns), buildings, and natural prospects in a realistic and detailed manner.
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  • His son Pierre-Antoine the younger painted landscapes and topographical works in his father's manner.
  • Much of the best of his later work was mildly topographical, inspired by his love of travel; it records journeys to Scotland, along the river Duddon, to the Continent, etc.
  • For fourteen years I chaired the Works of Art Committee and sought to add to our collection of historical statues, busts and portraits, and topographical works.
1.2 Anatomy & Biology Relating to or representing the physical distribution of parts or features on the surface of or within an organ or organism.
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  • There was no topographical relation of inflammatory atrophy with either HGPIN or HC.
  • A striking finding was a topographical relation of focal inflammation to sclerotic atrophy in areas with erosion of the epithelium.
  • Neither a topographical relation nor a morphologic transition was seen between prostatic atrophy and histologic carcinoma or high-grade intraepithelial neoplasia.



Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • It's a really interesting area, topographically even, with all the wild mines and huge manmade mountains.
  • Replicas of statuary by Michelangelo, Bernini, Thorvaldsen are all over the place, artistically as well as topographically, with inscriptions lauding ‘This Sublime Work’.
  • Re-development should be encouraged in the topographically highest points, rubble from the destruction should be ‘greened’ and then pulverized for landfill to help raise lots.

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Syllabification: top·o·graph·i·cal

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