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Dictionary Definition

topic

Noun

1 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" [syn: subject, theme]
2 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" [syn: subject, issue, matter]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From topica

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest.

Synonyms

Translations

subect; theme

Extensive Definition

Topic can refer to:
  • An area of interest, also called a subject
  • Topic (or theme) in linguistics, the part of a proposition that is being talked about (predicated)
  • A topic sentence, a sentence in a paragraph that indicates what the paragraph in general is about, usually the first sentence
  • An XML topic (a kind of resource)
  • Topicality, a stock issue in policy debate which pertains to whether or not the plan affirms the resolution as worded
  • Topic Maps, an ISO standard for the representation and interchange of knowledge
Names and titles:
topic in German: Topik
topic in French: Topique (homonymie)
topic in Dutch: Topic
topic in Russian: Топика

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

action, anagnorisis, angle, architectonics, architecture, argument, atmosphere, background, bone of contention, catastrophe, catechism, characterization, color, complication, continuity, contrivance, cross-interrogatory, cross-question, debating point, demand, denouement, design, development, device, episode, fable, falling action, feeler, gimmick, head, incident, inquiry, interrogation, interrogative, interrogatory, issue, keynote, leader, leading question, line, local color, matter, mood, moot point, motif, motive, movement, mythos, peripeteia, plan, plot, point, point at issue, point in question, problem, proposition, query, question, question at issue, question mark, quodlibet, recognition, rising action, scheme, secondary plot, slant, story, structure, subject, subject matter, subplot, switch, text, thematic development, theme, thesis, tone, trial balloon, twist, vexed question
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