from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or belonging to a particular location or place; local.
- adj. Currently of interest; contemporary.
- adj. Medicine Of or applied to a localized area of the body or to the surface of a body part.
- adj. Medicine Of or relating to a drug applied topically.
- adj. Of, arranged by, or relating to a particular topic or topics.
- n. A topical anesthetic.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of current interest; contemporary.
- adj. local to a particular place
- adj. Applied to a localized part of the body.
- adj. Arranged according to topic or theme; thematic.
- n. A topical anaesthetic.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to a place; limited; logical application.
- adj. Pertaining to, or consisting of, a topic or topics; according to topics.
- adj. Resembling a topic, or general maxim; hence, not demonstrative, but merely probable, as an argument.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to a place or locality; especially, limited to a particular spot; local.
- Specifically, in medicine, pertaining or applied to a particular part of the body; local.
- Pertaining to or proceeding from a topic, or category of arguments; hence, merely probable, as an argument.
- Pertaining to a subject of discourse, composition, or the like; concerned with a particular topic; specifically, dealing with topics of current or local interest.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or relating to or arranged by topics
- adj. of interest at the present time
- adj. pertaining to the surface of a body part
You need to associate seemingly different unrelated topics hence the word topical and connect the dots in your mind so that funny words and phrases come rolling off your tongue like sweat off of Martha Stewart’s stockbroker.
Anything topical is now a week old, and I'm out of the loop ... or on the outskirts waving frantically.
Veterinarians tend to try and use these drugs sparingly and topical use is less damaging, however, long term topical use can cause unhealthy skin conditions to occur.
A 2001 study suggested that short-term topical use was free from side effects but provided little relief from menopausal flushing or night sweats.
Benzac (Benzoyl peroxide) topical is used to treat acne.
A few sketches and lyrics appeared in topical revues, a few poems were printed in literary magazines.
The most profitable studies carried on in libraries are, beyond all question, what we may term topical researches.
So topical is it that on its first production King Magnus, the hero, was instantly identified with Marshall Pilsudski of Poland.
It didn't occur to me to nominate you under "topical" - that's for blogs who don't fit into other categories.
Novels on so-called topical subjects like terrorism and illegal immigrants often feel derivative, mere fictional shadows of the serious issues they aim to tackle.