topology

[tuh-pol-uh-jee]
noun, plural topologies for 3. Mathematics.
1.
the study of those properties of geometric forms that remain invariant under certain transformations, as bending or stretching.
2.
Also called set topology">point set topology. the study of limits in sets considered as collections of points.
3.
a collection of open sets making a given set a topological space.

Origin:
1650–60; topo- + -logy

topologic [top-uh-loj-ik] , topological, adjective
topologically, adverb
topologist, noun
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topology (təˈpɒlədʒɪ)
 
n
1.  the branch of mathematics concerned with generalization of the concepts of continuity, limit, etc
2.  Former name: analysis situs a branch of geometry describing the properties of a figure that are unaffected by continuous distortion, such as stretching or knotting
3.  maths a family of subsets of a given set S, such that S is a topological space
4.  the arrangement and interlinking of computers in a computer network
5.  the study of the topography of a given place, esp as far as it reflects its history
6.  the anatomy of any specific bodily area, structure, or part
 
topologic
 
adj
 
topo'logical
 
adj
 
topo'logically
 
adv
 
to'pologist
 
n

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topology   (tə-pŏl'ə-jē)  Pronunciation Key 
The mathematical study of the geometric properties that are not normally affected by changes in the size or shape of geometric figures. In topology, a donut and a coffee cup with a handle are equivalent shapes, because each has a single hole.
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topology definition


1. The branch of mathematics dealing with continuous transformations.
2. Which hosts are directly connected to which other hosts in a network. Network layer processes need to consider the current network topology to be able to route packets to their final destination reliably and efficiently.
(2001-03-29)
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Example sentences
It's easy to remember if you note its similarity to topology or topography.
Furthermore, these devices may also be moving, so that the network topology is
  in constant flux.
The secret to this trick comes from a branch of mathematics called topology.
Pragmatism also prevailed in the network's topology.
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