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See also: topić, tòpic, topíc, and topič


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From Latin topica, from Ancient Greek τοπικός (topikós, pertaining to a place, local, pertaining to a common place, or topic, topical), from τόπος (tópos, a place).




  1. topical


topic (plural topics)

  1. Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest.
    A society where a topic cannot be discussed, does not have free speech.
    • 2013 August 3, “The machine of a new soul”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8847:
      The yawning gap in neuroscientists’ understanding of their topic is in the intermediate scale of the brain’s anatomy.
  2. (Internet) Discussion thread.
  3. (music) A musical sign intended to suggest a particular style or genre.
    • 2012, Esti Sheinberg, Music Semiotics (page 9)
      In Peircean terms, topics are interpretants: signifieds that become new signifiers in the endless semiotic chain of interpretations.
  4. (obsolete) An argument or reason.
    • (Can we date this quote by Bishop Wilkins and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      contumacious persons, who are not to be fixed by any principles, whom no topics can work upon
  5. (obsolete, medicine) An external local application or remedy, such as a plaster, a blister, etc.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wiseman to this entry?)


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