An example of topography is a map that shows the land elevations in a state.
- the surface features of a region, including its relief and rivers, lakes, etc., and such man-made features as canals, bridges, roads, etc.
- the arrangement of such features in a particular region
- the science of drawing on maps and charts or otherwise representing surface features
- topographic surveying
- a study or description of a region, system, or part of the body showing specific relations of component parts as to shape, size, position, etc.: cerebral topography
- any similar study of an entity, as the mind, the atom, a particular discipline, etc.
- Archaic the accurate and detailed description of a place
Origin of topographyMiddle English topographye from Late Latin topographia from Gr: see topic and -graphy
- Detailed, precise description of a place or region.
- Graphic representation of the surface features of a place or region on a map, indicating their relative positions and elevations.
- A description or an analysis of a structured entity, showing the relations among its components: In the topography of the economy, several depressed areas are revealed.
- a. The surface features of a place or region.b. The surface features of an object: The topography of a crystal.
- The surveying of the features of a place or region.
- The study or description of an anatomical region or part.
- top′o·graph′ic top′o·graph′i·cal
First attested in 1432. From Middle English topographye, from Latin topographia, from Ancient Greek Ï„Î¿Ï€Î¿Î³ÏÎ±Ï†Î¯Î± (topographia), from Ï„ÏŒÏ€Î¿Ï‚ (topos, “place") + Î³ÏÎ¬Ï†Ï‰ (graphÅ, “I write").