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Meaning of TOPIC

Pronunciation:  'tâpik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  some situation or event that is thought about; "he kept drifting off the topic"; "he had been thinking about the subject for several years"; "it is a matter for the police"
  2. [n]  the subject matter of a conversation or discussion; "he didn't want to discuss that subject"; "it was a very sensitive topic"; "his letters were always on the theme of love"

TOPIC is a 5 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: issue, matter, subject, subject, theme
 See Also: area, cognitive content, content, content, head, keynote, mental object, message, precedent, question, res adjudicata, res judicata, subject matter, substance



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Top"ic\, n. [F. topiques, pl., L. topica the title of a
    work of Aristotle, Gr. topika`, fr. topiko`s of or for place,
    concerning to`poi, or commonplaces, fr. to`pos a place.]
    (a) One of the various general forms of argument employed in
        probable as distinguished from demonstrative reasoning,
        -- denominated by Aristotle to`poi (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.
    (b) 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.
              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.
    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
    4. (Med.) An external local application or remedy, as a
       plaster, a blister, etc. [Obsoles.] --Wiseman.
  2. \Top"ic\, a.
    Topical. --Drayton. Holland.