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), of Pre-Greek origin.




  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.
    stick to the topic
    an interesting topic of conversation
    romance is a topic that frequently comes up in conversation
    • 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.
    • 1675, John Wilkins, Of the Principle and Duties of Natural Religion
      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.


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