Definitions of topic

  1. 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. 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"
  3. 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.
  4. A treatise on forms of argument; a system or scheme of forms or commonplaces of argument or oratory; as, the Topics of Aristotle.
  5. An argument or reason.
  6. 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.
  7. An external local application or remedy, as a plaster, a blister, etc.
  8. Topical.
  9. A subject of discourse or argument: a matter.
  10. A subject of discourse.
  11. A subject of discourse; a theme.
  12. The art of discovering arguments.
  13. The subject of discourse, argument or treatise; a remedy to be applied outwardly to a particular part of the body.
  14. A subject of discourse or argument; a general head; in logic, one of the various general forms of argument to be employed in probable, as distinguished from demonstrative, reasoning.

Usage examples for topic

  1. Her correspondence with her lover was soon discovered, and, when urged upon that topic, she had too much truth and honour to deny it. – The Lives of the Poets of Great Britain and Ireland (1753),Vol. V. by Theophilus Cibber
  2. Of course they had only one topic in common: " Seen your brother lately?" – The Iron Woman by Margaret Deland
  3. I am to speak on a current topic that is as well known to you as to me. – The Negro and the elective franchise. A Series Of Papers And A Sermon (The American Negro Academy. Occasional Papers, No. 11.) by Archibald H. Grimké, Charles C. Cook, John Hope, John L. Love, Kelly Miller, and Rev. Frank J. Grimké
  4. Now, I cannot say why I do not smoke, except that there are so many reasons why I should, and so I return to our first topic and ask, " Does your medicine make the men well again?" – Seeds of Pine by Janey Canuck
  5. The speech was listened to with great attention, and became the topic of conversation in all circles at Rome, and even Bishops of the other party paid a high tribute to it. – Letters From Rome on the Council by Johann Joseph Ignaz von Döllinger
  6. Before giving full discussion to this topic, it will be well to consider certain other functions, which are, or may be, sources of value for money. – The Value of Money by Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  7. Before closing my remarks on the topic of " the rights of property," I will admit the truth of your charge, that Abolitionists deny, that the slaveholder is entitled to " compensation" for his slaves. – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  8. Ally was trying to read her thoughts, wondering where the topic was headed. – Syndrome by Thomas Hoover
  9. The old campaigner for her part, was very well satisfied that the topic had been mentioned: that was all she wanted. – Caught in a Trap by John C. Hutcheson
  10. I went back through my thinking on that topic, and I found holes big enough to drive Karpin's claim through. – The Risk Profession by Donald Edwin Westlake
  11. He then began to talk on his favourite topic - the religions of the world, while Beric drew Aemilia, who had been weeping since the scene between her parents, into the tablinum. – Beric the Briton A Story of the Roman Invasion by G. A. Henty
  12. Will you not drop the topic? – All-Wool Morrison by Holman Day
  13. To judge from appearances, the children form the chief topic at this morning gathering. – Unbeaten-Tracks-in-Japan by Bird, Isabella L. (Isabella Lucy)
  14. " Let's get off the history topic tonight, what do you say. – Syndrome by Thomas Hoover
  15. Aunt, said Betty, anxious to change the topic, would you mind my seeing a doctor? – A Book of Ghosts by Sabine Baring-Gould
  16. Every one will, of his own accord, fall to talking on his favorite topic, if you will follow, and not attempt to lead him. – The Young Man's Guide by William A. Alcott
  17. " All right; then I will take it for granted that you can start the engine of the Leopard," continued Percy, coming back to the topic which interested him most. – Taken by the Enemy by Oliver Optic
  18. Next topic of discussion. – An Encounter in Atlanta by Ed Howdershelt
  19. We must not dwell too long upon this topic. – Life in the Roman World of Nero and St. Paul by T. G. Tucker
  20. The third person is the one that is spoken of, or that is the topic of conversation. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown