topography

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First attested in 1432. From Middle English topographye, from Latin topographia, from Ancient Greek τοπογραφία (topographía), from τόπος (tópos, place) + γράφω (gráphō, I write).

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topography (countable and uncountable, plural topographies)

  1. A precise description of a place.
  2. A detailed graphic representation of the surface features of a place or object.
  3. The features themselves; terrain.
  4. The surveying of the features.
  5. (by extension) A figurative landscape; a structure of interrelated ideas, etc.
    • 2014, Rachel Lee Rubin, Well Met: Renaissance Faires and the American Counterculture (page 283)
      With good humor if predictably, the emotional topography of the faire facilitates a kind of liberation from both the closet and the cruelty of high school cliquedom.

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