- an expert or specialist in topography
- a person who describes or maps the topography of a place or region
The definition of a topographer is someone who studies the surfaces of a land area and makes maps.
An example of a topographer is someone working for the U.S. Geological Survey who creates and updates maps.
- One who is skilled in topography.
- One who describes and maps the surface features of geographic regions.
- To the topographer, as to the genealogist, its evidence is of primary importance; for it not only contains the earliest survey of a township or manor, but affords in the majority of cases the clue to its subsequent descent.
- Had he married the landless daughter of a neighbour he might have been the ancestor of a line of Essex squires, whose careers would have had the parish topographer for chronicler.
- In 1823 extensive explorations of the Minnesota and Red River valleys were conducted by Major Stephen Harriman Long (1784-1864), and subsequently (1834-1836) knowledge of the region was extended by the investigations of the artist George Catlin (1796-1872), the topographer George William Featherstonhaugh (1780-1866), and the geologist Jean Nicholas Nicollett (1786-1843).
- The same topographer published in his Middlesex a map of Westminster as well as this one of the City of London.
- During a period of nearly two years; made more than a thousand sketches of extant buildings, battlefields, &c.; and presented his material in a form serviceable to the topographer and interesting to the general reader.