Topography
Topography To*pog"ra*phy, n. [F. topographie, Gr. ?; ? a place + ? to write.] The description of a particular place, town, manor, parish, or tract of land; especially, the exact and scientific delineation and description in minute detail of any place or region. [1913 Webster]

Note: Topography, as the description of particular places, is distinguished from chorography, the description of a region or a district, and for geography, the description of the earth or of countries. --Brande & C. [1913 Webster]


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