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Etymology

From Ancient Greek τόπος (topos), place). Compare topic.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈtɒpɒs/

Noun

Singular
topos

Plural
topoi

topos (topoi)
  1. A literary theme or motif; a rhetorical convention or formula.
    • 2003, Roy Porter, Flesh in the Age of Reason, Penguin (2004), page 239,
      The ritual of weighing the soul was an iconographic topos familiar to Christianity from the ceremony of the weighing of sins at the Last Judgement.
  2. (mathematics) A certain mathematical structure found in category theory.

Translations


Dutch

Pronunciation

  • IPA: ˈto.pɔs

Noun

topos m. and n. (plural i, diminutive sje)

  1. Topos, literary theme.
  2. Topos, mathematical structure.

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