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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun topic:


The word topic and its family (topical, topics) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun topic

What does topic mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: topics

  1. the subject matter of a conversation or discussion
  2. some situation or event that is thought about
    • example: he kept drifting off the topic
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of topic: issue / matter / subject
    • more generic terms: cognitive content / content / mental object = the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
    • more specific terms:
      • area = a subject of study
      • blind spot = a subject about which you are ignorant or prejudiced and fail to exercise good judgment
      • remit = the topic that a person, committee, or piece of research is expected to deal with or has authority to deal with
      • res adjudicata / res judicata = a matter already settled in court

Alternative definition of the noun topic


  1. Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest.
  2. [context: internet] discussion thread


Topic is a chocolate bar made by Mars, Incorporated in France and sold throughout Europe. It contains hazelnuts, nougat and caramel.

Phrases with Topic

  1. Topic Map
  2. topic sentence
  3. Off-Topic

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Topic

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Google previewBiennial Report of State Fish Commissioner (1891)

by Indiana Commissioner of Fisheries

The third topic is the best method of securing the influence of the agricultural societies. 'The committee will consist of Elisha Howland, Marion County, Ind.; James Kingsbury, Indianapolis, Ind.; W" T. Dennis, Richmond, Ind. The fourth topic is the best method of...

Google previewBiennial Report of the Commissioner of Fisheries and Game for Indiana (1891)

The third topic is the best method of securing the influence of the agricultural societies. The committee will consist of Elisha Howland,

Google previewFundamentals of Criminal Justice: A Sociological View (2011)

by Steven E. Barkan, George J. Bryjak

A second, and related, topic is the role played by race and ethnicity, class, and gender in the operation of the criminal justice system. This role is complex and often significant, and most other texts do not treat it adequately. For a more complete ...

Google previewJoining a Community of Readers (2013)

by Roberta Alexander

The topic is a key word or short phrase that describes the focus of a it says what the paragraph is about paragraph M A l...

Google previewCoherence in Psychotic Discourse (1994)

by Branca Telles Ribeiro

Topic is an important concept that can help us relate different aspects of communication to one another and help us...

Google previewHyperbolic Equations and Frequency Interactions

by Luis A. Caffarelli, Weinan E

The first topic is the invariance of certain (normalized) Gibbs measures under the flow of the equation. This program was initiated in a paper of Lebowitz, Rose and Speer (Comm. in Stat. Phys., 88). In ID, as shown in this paper, the measure ...

Google previewCryptoGraphics (2006)

Exploiting Graphics Cards For Security by Debra Cook, Angelos D. Keromytis

The first topic is the design of asymmetric key cipher for use in a GPU. An overview of how a stream cipher may be created using graphics operations is presented. The second topic is the protection of audio from malware on an untrusted client ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Computer Interaction (2005)

by Ghaoui, Claude

For learning, users need content organized in some fashion, focused on a particular topic or domain. Rather than a generic search engine to, hopefully, find relevant content and its resulting flat view of information, a concept map provides a ...

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Quotes about Topic

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we run from topic to topic (John Tiong Chunghoo)
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Scrabble value of T1O1P3I1C3

The value of this 5-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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