Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who is skilled in topography.
  • n. One who describes and maps the surface features of geographic regions.

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  • n. a person who studies or records topography

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who is skilled in the science of topography; one who describes a particular place, town, city, or tract of land.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who describes a particular place, town, city, tract of land, or country; one who is skilled in topography.

Etymologies

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topography +‎ -er.

Examples

  • "Parallel with the street," wrote the topographer HW Timperley in the 1930s, "and a bowshot from it, the Kennet rolls its deep and clear chalk waters beneath the bowery margins of a score of pleasant gardens ..."

    In praise of … the river Kennet | Editorial

  • He embarked on the trip with the backing of Yale, private companies, a few friends and even President William Howard Taft, a fellow Yalie, who assigned a government topographer to accompany the expedition.

    Call Him Andean Jones

  • Nick Crane, topographer and presenter of TV series Map Man, thinks they may have used an astrolabe - a highly technical instrument used by classical astronomers, navigators and astrologers which involved checking the horizon, the stars, the sun and all sorts of angles.

    Boing Boing

  • Fifty minutes of corrugated iron, biscuits, Shell Guides (only Meades can get away with saying they were edited by "John Betjeman - the topographer not the poet") a Morris Minor Traveller in the obligatory bucolic green and a black stick standing-in for an eel.

    The Antidote for Strictly Come Dancing

  • As rescuers spent 16 days in frustrated attempts to drill a rescue hole 700 metres down to the trapped men, Urzua also used his training as a topographer to make detailed maps of the miners 'underground world, which includes more than 2km of tunnels, caves and a 35 square metre refuge.

    Luis Urzua, the foreman keeping hope alive for Chile's trapped miners

  • If some bright topographer or mathematician could devise an algorithm for computer-generate one and only one configuration of electoral districts (inputting the center-points of each censused area in the state, and only requiring each district to be undivided) for each state every 10 years, the drawing of electoral districts would be effectively removed from the political process.

    Abolish the Senate, Starting with Some Whittling

  • One of these non-graduates was Samuel Stinson Gannett, a topographer for the U.

    Genealogue Challenge #63

  • Comandine down to the present topographer; who being of no rank as it were, has the fortune to be treated on almost friendly footing by all, from his lordship down to the tradesman.

    Our Street

  • He's a topographer, visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution.

    CNN Transcript Oct 14, 2006

  • Since his retirement a few years ago, F. Depuydt has continued this work with great dedication assisted by his wife Annemie (also a topographer).

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - Recording Report 5

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