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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n topic 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"
    • n topic 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The most popular sport as a topic for a film is boxing.
    • Topic An argument or reason.
    • Topic (Med) An external local application or remedy, as a plaster, a blister, etc.
    • n Topic One of the various general forms of argument employed in probable as distinguished from demonstrative reasoning, -- denominated by Aristotle to`poiliterally, 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. "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 ."
    • Topic 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.
    • a Topic Topical.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n topic plural In geometry, topology. See topics, 2.
    • topic Local: same as topical.
    • n topic In logic and rhetoric, a common place (which see, under common); a class of considerations from which probable arguments can be drawn. According to the opinion of some writers, the statements of Aristotle are only consistent with making a topic, or common place, a maxim of reasoning. The traditional definition coming through Cicero is “the seat of an argument.” This is not very explicit, and the word has not commonly been used with a very rigid accuracy in logic or rhetoric. The chief topics concern the arguments from notation, conjugates, definition, genus, species, whole, part, cause, effect, snbject, adjunct disparates, contraries, relates, privatives, contradictories, greater, less, equals, similars, dissimilars, and testimony; but different logicians enumerate the topics differently.
    • n topic The subject of a discourse, argument, or literary composition, or the subject of any distinct part of a discourse, etc.; any matter treated of: now the usual meaning of the word.
    • n topic In medicine, a remedy locally applied.
    • n topic Synonyms Theme, Point, etc. See subject.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Topic top′ik a subject of discourse or argument: a matter
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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
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Low L.,—Gr. ta topika, the general principles of argument—topos, a place.


In literature:

Consequently there is no honest discussion of any topic which concerns the poor or laborers.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Incident to the above topic mention has been made of the brisk morning walk before breakfast.
"The Biology, Physiology and Sociology of Reproduction" by Winfield S. Hall
Does the attitude and expression of the man on the horse suggest an interesting topic?
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
Pitt and Grenville said nothing decisive to him on this or any other topic.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
But it was only a few months before the subject was brought before Congress, that it became a topic for public discussion.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851" by Various
It raises the issue concerning the judgment of truth implied in religion, and this is the topic of the next chapter.
"The Approach to Philosophy" by Ralph Barton Perry
He turned a scowling back on the gossips rending The Topic to tatters.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
She had hit upon a new and absorbing topic, which had the additional charge of savouring of local gossip.
"In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Now I am anxious to see what he has to say on such a topic.
"The Light of Scarthey" by Egerton Castle
Having selected his topic and walled himself in with it, he develops it by walling the rest of the universe out.
"The Lost Art of Reading" by Gerald Stanley Lee
In the Sermons of that day, he was the all-absorbing topic of learning and eloquence.
"Salem Witchcraft and Cotton Mather" by Charles W. Upham
The topic was changed, but the two did not get into the same groove of thought during the evening.
"The Faith Doctor" by Edward Eggleston
She at once took up her parable, but this time the topic was not the care of infants.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 5, June 1905" by Various
Does he close his paragraphs with a repetition of the topic more frequently than with a single detail emphasizing the topic?
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
The supernatural was the topic of the hour.
"The Madcap of the School" by Angela Brazil
Whenever we begin to read a book, or undertake any topic of study, it should be done with a definite purpose in mind.
"How Girls Can Help Their Country" by Juliette Low
She accordingly abstained from broaching the unwelcome topic of reformation.
"History of the Rise of the Huguenots" by Henry Baird
Possibly she thought it would complicate the topic she was hankering after.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
What an affecting topic for the contemplation of Sensibility!
"A Morning's Walk from London to Kew" by Richard Phillips
During the next few days Spalanzani's ball was the general topic of conversation.
"Weird Tales. Vol. I" by E. T. A. Hoffmann

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:

3 most discussed topic on Twitter yesterday.
His topic will be " Barbed Wire".
His topic will be " Barbed Wire ".
Topics will include preparing pasture for a dry, late summer.
DDGS a Hot Topic at K-State Beef Cattle Research Roundup.
What topic would you like to see covered in a BirdChannel newsletter.
A few weeks ago I met up with Houston's Gifted da Flamethrowa for a series of interview videos about a range of topics related to hip hop ministry.
With no shortage of topics and books to discuss, the 2012 BEA was a lively event.
Join Scott Burnside, Pierre LeBrun and their guests to talk about the latest Power Rankings, news, rumors and rumblings around the league, or any other topics on your mind.
Usually, if I have taken the time to write about it, I have thought long and hard on the topic.
CAPITAL DISTRICT — The Loudon House project has been a hot topic for many Colonie residents, and at the Thursday, July 26, meeting Town Board they'll have another chance to voice their concerns.
Naturally, this blog is all about home inspections and home-related topics in the Twin Cities metro area.
Under "Working," the hot topic is "Not Working".
Fans give us their weekly "top 5" lists on topics from around the world of sports.
More from topic Wine Fraud.

In science:

For a discussion of this topic, see Ref. [242].
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
Schoen, “Variational Theory for the Total Scalar Curvature Functional for Riemannian Metrics and Related Topics,” Topics in Calculus of Variations (Montecatini Terme, 1987), volume 1365 of Lecture Notes in Math., pages 120-154.
On the Positive Mass, Penrose, an ZAS Inequalities in General Dimension
The enumeration of planar lattice walks—a classical topic in combinatorics— is the topic of this second example.
Random walks in the quarter plane with zero drift: an explicit criterion for the finiteness of the associated group
To summarize, highly-ranked venues are focused as they develop the main topics as the core and successfully motivate authors to collaborate on these topics.
Development of Computer Science Disciplines - A Social Network Analysis Approach
Topic models are popular latent variable models that decompose a text corpus into the underlying topics.
A unifying representation for a class of dependent random measures
Topic models define a topic as a probability distribution over a finite vocabulary with P terms.
A unifying representation for a class of dependent random measures
The thinned CRM construction described in this paper can be used to construct a time-varying topic model where the topics are assumed fixed, but the usage of the topics changes over time.
A unifying representation for a class of dependent random measures
Topic 1 is a topic on war and we see it peak at most ma jor conflicts that the United States was involved in.
A unifying representation for a class of dependent random measures
Topics over time: a nonmarkov continuous-time model of topical trends.
A unifying representation for a class of dependent random measures
A Time-varying topic model decompose this as wpnt = (cid:80)∞ Recall that wpnt represents the number of occurrences of word p in the nth document at time t, and that we k=1 ˜wpntk, where ˜wpntk is the number of occurences attributed to topic k .
A unifying representation for a class of dependent random measures
Because components need interfaces or topics to communicate with other components, CDSL files can import data types, topics and interfaces defined in IDSL models (as shown in section IV-B).
Improving the lifecycle of robotics components using Domain-Specific Languages
This should not be confused with the issue of identifying topics, and choosing criteria that discriminate one topic from another.
Recognizing Text Genres with Simple Metrics Using Discriminant Analysis
Ultimately, the view taken here is that contrast is just one device that we use to produce coherent discourse: one way of characterising the general problem for a text planner is as the decision of what to say next, and here notions like topic maintenance and topic chaining are crucially important.
Generating One-Anaphoric Expressions: Where Does the Decision Lie?
As a result, progress on this topic will be relatively slow in coming, and will no doubt be a topic of considerable interest at the next several chiral dynamics workshops.
Goldstone boson-nucleon dynamics: Working group summary and outlook
For each topic, the system assesses its relevance to the query and its prototypicality given knowledge about the topics covered in the domain.
Applying Natural Language Generation to Indicative Summarization