follow Dictionary.com

11 Trending Words of 2014

topical

[top-i-kuh l] /ˈtɒp ɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or dealing with matters of current or local interest:
a topical reference.
2.
pertaining to the subject of a discourse, composition, or the like.
3.
of a place; local.
4.
Medicine/Medical. of, relating to, or applied externally to a particular part of the body; local:
a topical anesthetic.
noun
5.
Philately. any of a collection of different stamps treating the same subject.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Greek topik(ós) local, pertaining to commonplaces (see topo-, -ic) + -al1
Related forms
topically, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for topically
  • The nut oil is used topically as an antifungal and for healing cracked heels.
British Dictionary definitions for topically

topical

/ˈtɒpɪkəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or constituting current affairs
2.
relating to a particular place; local
3.
of or relating to a topic or topics
4.
(of a drug, ointment, etc) for application to the body surface; local
Derived Forms
topicality (ˌtɒpɪˈkælɪtɪ) noun
topically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for topically

topical

adj.

1580s, from topic + -al (1). Medical sense is from c.1600. Meaning "of or pertaining to topics of the day" is from 1873.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
topically in Medicine

topical top·i·cal (tŏp'ĭ-kəl)
adj.
Of or applied to a definite or localized area of the body.


top'i·cal·ly adv.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for topical

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for topically

16
19
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for topically