• WordNet 3.6
    • adj topical of interest at the present time "a topical reference","a topical and timely study of civil liberty"
    • adj topical pertaining to the surface of a body part "a drug for topical (or local) application","a topical anesthesia"
    • adj topical of or relating to or arranged by topics "a detailed record on both a chronological and a topical basis"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most popular sport as a topic for a film is boxing.
    • Topical Of or pertaining to a place; limited; logical application; as, a topical remedy; a topical claim or privilege.
    • Topical (Rhet. & logic) Pertaining to, or consisting of, a topic or topics; according to topics.
    • Topical Resembling a topic, or general maxim; hence, not demonstrative, but merely probable, as an argument. "Evidences of fact can be no more than topical and probable."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • topical Of or pertaining to a place or locality; especially, limited to a particular spot; local.
    • topical Specifically, in medicine, pertaining or applied to a particular part of the body; local.
    • topical Pertaining to or proceeding from a topic, or category of arguments; hence, merely probable, as an argument.
    • topical Pertaining to a subject of discourse, composition, or the like; concerned with a particular topic; specifically, dealing with topics of current or local interest.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Topical pertaining to a place: local: relating to a topic or subject: relating to things of local interest
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “Sir, you have but two topics, yourself and me. I am sick of both.”
  • Lisa Alther
    Lisa Alther
    “I happen to feel that the degree of a person's intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting attitudes she can bring to bear on the same topic.”
  • Leigh Hunt
    “If you ever have to support a flagging conversation, introduce the topic of eating.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Disappointment, when it involves neither shame nor loss, is as good as success; for it supplies as many images to the mind, and as many topics to the tongue.”
  • Richard Rorty
    Richard Rorty
    “The usual picture of Socrates is of an ugly little plebeian who inspired a handsome young nobleman to write long dialogues on large topics.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. topique, LL. topicus, Gr. . See Topic (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Low L.,—Gr. ta topika, the general principles of argument—topos, a place.


In literature:

I do not profess to have mastered the topic.
"Harvard Classics Volume 28" by Various
It ranged over many particular topics and engaged minds different in tone, in quality, and in accomplishment.
"Evolution in Modern Thought" by Ernst Haeckel
He accosts all topics with an easy audacity.
"Rubiyt of Omar Khayym and Salmn and Absl" by Omar Khayym and Ralph Waldo Emerson
The PARAGRAPH is a connected series of sentences all dealing with the development of a single topic.
"Practical Grammar and Composition" by Thomas Wood
The most profitable studies carried on in libraries are, beyond all question, what we may term topical researches.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
But I've been warning you not to make a foolish break by stubbing your toe over the family topic.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
What an absorbing topic is that of 'lost books'!
"The Book-Hunter at Home" by P. B. M. Allan
The consideration of this topic must, however, be reserved for succeeding chapters.
"The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Henry Martyn Baird
Clare was an imaginative child, and the topic of all her dreams was this mysterious mother whom she had never seen.
"Clare Avery" by Emily Sarah Holt
It will be found to be intimately connected with the present topic.
"Farm drainage" by Henry Flagg French
Again, in topic and metre, the poem reflected a contemporary poet's work.
"A Life of William Shakespeare with portraits and facsimiles" by Sidney Lee
Do not introduce professional or other topics that the company generally cannot take an interest in.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
But Mr Philip had lighted on a dangerous topic, as he soon found.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
Suppose we consider the topic at an end.
"The First Violin" by Jessie Fothergill
All the topics he had fluttered round vanished, and, cold and awful, there loomed over us the one great topic.
"Select Conversations with an Uncle" by H. G. Wells
Distraction is a favorite topic for experiment in the laboratory.
"Psychology" by Robert S. Woodworth
These are their legitimate topics.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 8, January, 1851" by Various
Our conversation drifted to the topic of moonshining.
"Our Southern Highlanders" by Horace Kephart
To the credit of the company, however, be it spoken, he had the whole of this topic to himself.
"Coelebs In Search of a Wife" by Hannah More
Besides, conversational topics are scarce, and your neighbors like to talk!
"The Song of the Wolf" by Frank Mayer

In poetry:

To put the matter shortly, she
Became the topic of the town;
In all the lists of Bellettrie
Her name was regularly down.
"A Ballad Of A Bun" by Sir Owen Seaman
So he sat him down for another fling,
And his time-exposure mind
Evolved a topical sort of thing,
Of a gay and hum'rous kind.
"The Mystic" by C J Dennis
And is it right, this mood of mind
That thus, in revery enshrined,
Can in the world mere topics find
For musing stricture,
Seeing the life of humankind
Only as picture?
"Fancy's Casuistry" by James Russell Lowell
Sweet then the ploughman's slumbers, hale and young,
When the last topic dies upon his tongue;
Sweet then the bliss his transient dreams inspire,
Till chilblains wake him, or the snapping fire:
"The Farmer's Boy - Winter" by Robert Bloomfield
Mighty things were done at Casey's; mighty bouts anticipated
Made the Sunday church-door topic for a month ahead at least;
On the cheerless Sundays after, with misguided hope deflated,
We explained away our failures as we waited for the priest.
"St Patricks Day" by John O Brien

In news:

To learn more about this topic, visit these Web sites.
The first is ALCOA, which is the county's hottest topic.
Student scientists' topics: Mars to baby talk .
Before meeting William and Kate, both 29, inside the bash, Kidman (wearing custom Elie Saab haute couture) told Us she hadn't planned any convo topics.
In fact, Women's Healthcare Topics reports that only 66 percent of women wind up breastfeeding and less than a quarter of those ladies do so for more than six months.
The main issue for many voters there is the economy, but another hot topic is emerging: overhauling immigration policies.
The root causes of TME are the topic of ongoing research.
From Hezbollah and Iran in the Americas to free trade agreements, Romney and Obama could discuss an array of important regional topics during tonight's final debate.
Home: Topics A-Z: Law: Article.
The topic launches a series of ADA News articles about the dental benefits industry's "Top 10" concerns submitted to the ADA about dental claims processing.
2,570: The average number of Ohio jobs last year in coal mining, which has become a politically hot topic during the presidential campaign.
Greg and Kristine cover the top topics for the night.
Robert Levin writes about film and other entertainment topics for amNewYork, Inside Jersey, Backstage, and elsewhere.
Crier 's book tackles the country's big topics: education, the financial system, health care, national security, taxes, immigration.
Maybe the topic came from thinking about my straightbred commercial cowherd a lot that day.

In science:

We interpret this as whether or not the topic normally occurs in similar documents – exactly the information encoded in the composite topic tree’s typicality score.
Applying Natural Language Generation to Indicative Summarization
As each topic in the document topic trees is an instance of a node in the composite topic tree, each topic can inherit its composite node’s typicality score.
Applying Natural Language Generation to Indicative Summarization
At this point each topic in a document is labeled as one of the four topic types.
Applying Natural Language Generation to Indicative Summarization
As similarities are drawn mostly from common topics – that is, typical ones – typical topics are regarded as more important than rare ones.
Applying Natural Language Generation to Indicative Summarization
We showed how the topicality document feature can be derived from the set of input documents and represented as a topic tree for each document along with a merged composite topic for all documents in the collection against which prototypicality and query relevance can be computed.
Applying Natural Language Generation to Indicative Summarization
More detailed discussions of all of these topics, as well as more comprehensive lists of references, will be provided by the individual topical sub-group reports.
Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology: Cosmic Laboratories for New Physics (Summary of the Snowmass 2001 P4 Working Group)
More detailed discussions of all of the topics we have covered can be found in the topical subgroup reports in this Snowmass proceedings.
Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology: Cosmic Laboratories for New Physics (Summary of the Snowmass 2001 P4 Working Group)
For Naive Bayes, I computed for each topic the total number of times each “word” occurred in the topic. I used standard plus-1 smoothing, by, for each topic, adding one count for every word that occurred in any training set.
Extended Comment on Language Trees and Zipping
The count of a word in a topic counts every occurrence of that word in the topic, counting each word multiple times if it appears multiple times in the topic.
Extended Comment on Language Trees and Zipping
The total length of a topic counts every occurrence of every word in the topic, counting multiple times for words that occur multiple times.
Extended Comment on Language Trees and Zipping
Figure 1. Process model in pseudo code. If no topics are considered then the number of topics is one, i.e., all papers and authors have the same topic.
The Simultaneous Evolution of Author and Paper Networks
In particular I would like to thank Edmond Iancu and Dionysis Triantafyllopoulos for discussions on their recent work and Fran¸cois Gelis for discussions on many topics and for his collaboration on some of the topics discussed here.
The Color Glass Condensate: A summary of key ideas and recent developments
However, it would be a mistake to consider this topic in isolation from the other working group topics. I expect the next few years to be exciting times in particle physics with the start of the LHC leading to ma jor advances in our understanding of electroweak symmetry breaking.
New Physics at the TeV Scale and Precision Electroweak Studies
The point is that while the physics topics have been divided up into EWSB, SUSY, Top/QCD, New Physics, and Cosmology, they are all connected and one should not forget this when focusing on individual topics.
New Physics at the TeV Scale and Precision Electroweak Studies
We would like to emphasize that while we are using the applications to low-dimensional topology to motivate and guide our discussion of various topics in contact geometry, each of these topics is quite beautiful in its own right and there are many exciting directions for future research in all of these topics.
Lectures on Contact Geometry in Low-Dimensional Topology