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Meaning of topic by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    From Latin topica, from Ancient Greek τοπικός ( topikos, “pertaining to a place, local, pertaining to a common place, or topic, topical” ), from τόπος ( topos, “a place” ) .


    • Rhymes: -ɒpɪk



    1. topical


    topic ( plural: topics )

    1. Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest .
    2. ( Internet ) discussion thread


    External links

    • topic in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • topic in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911


Explanation of topic by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. some situation or event that is thought about

    2. he kept drifting off the topic
    3. the subject matter of a conversation or discussion

    4. it was a very sensitive topic

    Definition of topic by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Topic n. [F. topiques, pl., L. topica the title of a work of Aristotle, Gr. τοπικά, fr. τοπικός of or for place, concerning τόποι, or commonplaces, fr. τόπος a place.] One of the various general forms of argument employed in probable as distinguished from demonstrative reasoning, -- denominated by Aristotle τόποι ( literally, places ), as being the places or sources from which arguments may be derived, or to which they may be referred; also, a prepared form of argument, applicable to a great variety of cases, with a supply of which the ancient rhetoricians and orators provided themselves; a commonplace of argument or oratory. pl. A treatise on forms of argument; a system or scheme of forms or commonplaces of argument or oratory; as, “the Topics of Aristotle”.

      These topics, or loci, were no other than general ideas applicable to a great many different subjects, which the orator was directed to consult. Blair.

      In this question by [reason] I do not mean a distinct topic, but a transcendent that runs through all topics. Jer. Taylor.

      2. An argument or reason. [Obs.]

      Contumacious persons, who are not to be fixed by any principles, whom no topics can work upon. Bp. Wilkins.

      3. The subject of any distinct portion of a discourse, or argument, or literary composition; also, the general or main subject of the whole; a matter treated of; a subject, as of conversation or of thought; a matter; a point; a head.

      4. ( Med. ) An external local application or remedy, as a plaster, a blister, etc. [Obsoles.] Wiseman.

    2. Topic, a. Topical. Drayton. Holland.