- Topology is the study of the geographic features of a location.
The geographic study of the mountains, peaks and valleys in New York is an example of topology.
topology definition by Webster's New World
- a topographical study of a specific object, entity, place, etc.: the topology of the mind
- Math. the study of those properties of geometric figures that remain unchanged even when under distortion, so long as no surfaces are torn, as with a Möbius strip
- Med. the topographic anatomy of a body region
Origin: ; from Classical Greek topos, a place (see topic) plush -logy
topology definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. to·pol·o·gies
- Topographic study of a given place, especially the history of a region as indicated by its topography.
- Medicine The anatomical structure of a specific area or part of the body.
- Mathematics The study of the properties of geometric figures or solids that are not changed by homeomorphisms, such as stretching or bending. Donuts and picture frames are topologically equivalent, for example.
- Computer Science The arrangement in which the nodes of a LAN are connected to each other.
- topˌo·logˈic , topˌo·logˈi·cal adjective
- topˌo·logˈi·cal·ly adverb
- to·polˈo·gist noun
topology - Computer Definition
The physical and logical structure of a network. Physical topology refers to the physical layout of a network, specifically the physical positioning of the nodes and the circuits that interconnect them. Logical topology refers to the manner in which devices logically interconnect in a network, and may differ considerably from the physical topology. For example, an Ethernet LAN segment may comprise a number of workstations and peripheral devices that interconnect through a hub, with each device connecting directly to a hub port.The physical topology is that of a star, but the logical topology is that of a bus.That is to say that, although the devices connect to the hub over circuits that emanate from the hub like the rays of a star, they interconnect through a collapsed bus, or common electrical path, housed within the hub. LAN and WAN topologies variously include bus, mesh, partial mesh, ring, star, and tree. See also bus, Ethernet, hub, LAN, logical, mesh topology, physical, ring, segment, star topology, tree, and WAN.
(1) In a communications network, the pattern of interconnection between nodes; for example, a bus, ring or star configuration.
(2) In a parallel processing architecture, the interconnection between processors; for example, a bus, grid, hypercube or Butterfly Switch configuration.
topology - Science Definition