Definition of topic :
1. A treatise on forms of argument; a system or scheme of forms or commonplaces of argument or oratory; as, the Topics of Aristotle.
2. An argument or reason.
3. An external local application or remedy, as a plaster, a blister, etc.
4. One of the various general forms of argument employed in probable as distinguished from demonstrative reasoning, -- denominated by Aristotle to` poi ( literally, places), as being the places or sources from which arguments may be derived, or to which they may be referred; also, a prepared form of argument, applicable to a great variety of cases, with a supply of which the ancient rhetoricians and orators provided themselves; a commonplace of argument or oratory.
5. The subject of any distinct portion of a discourse, or argument, or literary composition; also, the general or main subject of the whole; a matter treated of; a subject, as of conversation or of thought; a matter; a point; a head.
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meaning (part of speech: noun)
indication, upshot, pith, interpretation, significance, drift, connotation, meaning, explanation, crux, message, denotation, gist, definition, relevance, tenor, thrust, description, purpose, intent, implication
topic (part of speech: noun)
inference, assertion, motif, contention, dissertation, subject, principle, postulation, text, argument, thesis, axiom, consideration, statement, belief, theme, concept, opinion, query, assumption, paradigm, basis, presumption, essay, theorem, idea, issue, exposition, question, hypothesis, premise, conjecture, point, problem, position, matter
question (part of speech: verb)
- But the topic under discussion was a serious one, and Jane speedily recovered her gravity. - "The Nether World", George Gissing.
- I know of no better topic to begin with, continued Thorwald, than the matter of government. - "Daybreak: A Romance of an Old World", James Cowan.
- Whenever we begin to read a book, or undertake any topic of study, it should be done with a definite purpose in mind. - "How Girls Can Help Their Country", Juliette Low Agnes Baden-Powell Robert Baden-Powell.