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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
topic
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a controversial issue/topic/subject
▪ I tried to avoid controversial topics such as politics and religion.
an essay topic
▪ Students will be given six essay topics, from which they must choose two.
discuss a topic (=subject of general interest)
▪ I sometimes let the class choose which topic they want to discuss.
warm to a theme/subject/topic etc
▪ The more she spoke, the more she warmed to her subject.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
controversial
▪ Whatever route was chosen, water supplies would remain a controversial topic.
▪ Find a less controversial topic with which to experiment.
▪ Textbooks on research methods rarely mention the problems that arise when undertaking research on controversial topics or conducting it in sensitive locations.
▪ Can an underground newspaper be banned for discussing controversial or unpopular topics?
▪ In fact, their relations with the parties they serve sharply restrict their ability to tackle controversial topics.
different
▪ And no doubt other authors would have chosen a different balance of topics - more invertebrates and light vertebrates perhaps.
▪ Any one document covers a number of different topics.
▪ Before embarking on these widely different topics, however, it is essential to consider volcanoes in their global setting.
▪ Subsequent lessons can further develop the same conversation, or can tackle different topics. b. Phonological features.
▪ At the seminar three working parties discussed different topics: Physico-chemical characterisation of exposures.
▪ The combination of smoother style and slight changes of substance has allowed Britain to build different alliances on different topics.
▪ I am sure there was a different topic of conversation the following Monday morning at certain South Shropshire hairdressing establishments!
▪ Try to make relevant connections between different topics, both within and between your class subjects.
hot
▪ Page description languages are currently a hot topic with much being written about the relative strengths and weaknesses of the various offerings.
▪ The hot topic in political circles here is who might become Sen.
▪ Aphid insecticide resistance-a hot topic for beet and potato growers as well as horticulturalists.
▪ The other hot topic at E3 this time was the new 3-D add-in cards for personal computers.
▪ The next decade looks promising - especially for those who study the newly hot topic of neutrinos.
▪ Friday, 29 years after he was slain by a single rifle shot, his assassination is once again a hot topic.
▪ The subject of pensions is likely to be a hot topic at Labour's annual conference in October.
important
▪ So far, research into psychoneuroimmunology has done no more than scratch the surface of this potentially important topic.
▪ It encourages discussion of important topics that are vital to the long-term health of our society.
▪ In ocean dynamics studies, important topics are heat storage, circulation and the role of sea ice.
▪ This very important topic receives detailed treatment in a later chapter.
▪ The book contains a number of excellent reviews on a wide range of important topics.
▪ Are children writing on their own important topics most of the time?
▪ A number of important topics will be on the agenda for discussion.
▪ He has traveled widely, lecturing on such obscure but important topics as cryptography, intellectual property and cognitive theory.
main
▪ The main topic on the agenda of the therapy class was, to start with anyway, Henry.
▪ I decided to rearrange it by main topics and then subheadings.
▪ The main topics were environmental management and marine pollution.
▪ Chemometrics and analytical data extraction are the main topics covered in the computer corner.
▪ Some briefings even lay down the report structure and main topics to be covered.
▪ The main topic for discussion will be finding a job.
▪ The main topics covered are finance, health and leisure, together with the social aspects of adjusting to retirement.
▪ The first theme was, in different guises, consistently the main topic of debate for professionals.
major
▪ The major topic in this period was Inns rents.
▪ Women, of course, were always a major topic in the dressing-room.
▪ Discussion Endothelin-1 has become a major research topic since its discovery and characterisation as a potent vasoconstrictor.
▪ On all the major topics listed under the Programme for Survival no progress towards any international agreement or solution was made.
▪ The model textbook should have 800-1200 pages divided into 20-30 chapters covering the major topic areas.
▪ These are specialised and, usually, original interpretations of major topics based upon detailed, extensive researching of primary sources.
▪ Learning Learning has been a major topic within academic psychology for the past century or so.
other
▪ As well as verifying centres' assessments, our verifiers offer support and advice on assessment and other topics during their visits.
▪ Opportunity was given for other topics to be raised.
▪ Unlike many other topics in pragmatics, implicature does not have an extended history.
▪ Chapter 8 treats the educational disadvantages of women amongst other topics.
▪ Shrewsbury Crown Court heard that the two men discussed no other topics and Browning, 36, left.
▪ Leaflets on HIV/AIDS, donor insemination and other topics are available.
▪ On no other topic were these former officers of the Liverpool City so reticent.
▪ Subordinate to each of these subject areas are other topics.
particular
▪ It is therefore a simple matter to find a particular topic, and also to browse profitably through the book.
▪ Each core has a particular set of topics for consideration each year, and students find ways to explore these in depth.
▪ Occasionally amateur film is the only visual record of a particular event or topic.
▪ There are different kinds of meetings, some emphasizing discussion of a particular topic, some with speakers.
▪ If you find a particular topic hard to understand, then this is always a good way to solve the problem.
▪ Others are conducting their discussions on World Wide Web sites devoted to particular topics.
▪ It is as if within the wider panorama particular topics become a focus of especial attention.
▪ These are based upon invited research papers on a particular topic.
relevant
▪ These links will be used to develop higher degree courses and specialist courses on relevant topics associated with the universities.
▪ How relevant is this topic I plan to teach?
▪ Appian Way, for instance, offer data disks that can conduct searches and produce material relevant to specific topics.
▪ Here we shall merely try to summarise the main points that are immediately relevant to the topic of this book.
specific
▪ Meetings need not be addressed by any one person although a specific topic can be aired for discussion if the group wishes.
▪ Majordomo allows a group of people to join or quit a mailing list dedicated to a specific topic.
▪ An essay in Science, Engineering or Technology may call for a survey of the literature on a specific topic.
▪ A two-hour morning session was broken into segments, each devoted to a specific topic.
▪ Both of these edited volumes contain a number of relevant and clearly written papers on a variety of specific topics.
▪ Usenet-the Net's prime discussion area-comprises over 85,000 newsgroups, each dedicated to a specific topic.
▪ Some channels are obviously dedicated to specific topics, for example, but most are merely informal chat limes.
▪ In this article, as the title suggests, I shall deal in detail with a rather specific topic.
wide
▪ During his first term at Oxford Hooton received long letters on a wide range of topics.
▪ They found that 50 economic appraisals had been published, covering a wide range of topics.
▪ An electronic publishing course for undergraduate computer scientists needs to cover a significantly wider range of topics.
▪ They provide expertise across a wide range of topics while allowing the students to contribute to the year-to-year developments in experimental techniques.
▪ The dictionary's articles cover a wide range of topics connected with the ecumenical movement.
▪ Jan will make two 45-minute appearances on stage discussing a wide variety of topics and answering questions.
▪ In addition it is divided into regional and subject groups which organize meetings on a wide variety of topics.
■ NOUN
research
▪ The aim of the project is to analyse the effects of changes in the funding climate on innovatory research topics.
▪ Do we really need lots of people sitting around pondering on research topics that are of little benefit to man or beast?
▪ Opportunities for joint supervision with members of staff from these bodies are available when suitable candidates with appropriate research topics present themselves.
▪ Requirements for other researchers involve detailed specification of research topic, methods etc.
▪ What are the processes by which the role of women within the trade unions has emerged as an accepted research topic?
▪ Why had such a research topic now become acceptable?
▪ Discussion Endothelin-1 has become a major research topic since its discovery and characterisation as a potent vasoconstrictor.
▪ They almost invariably define the research topic, and the research area, clearly, concisely, and unambiguously.
work
▪ Ideas about cross-curricular links and the possibilities for topic work can also be shared.
▪ Good practice in topic work is complex and there is not space to describe it in detail here.
▪ History at Key Stage 1 can fit easily into topic work.
▪ Previously the majority of schools adopted topic work and a cross-curricular and thematic approach.
▪ Some at least of the History requirements may be delivered through cross-curricular topic work.
▪ Links between subjects may be sought for to enable a thematic approach or topic work to continue.
▪ I will also devote some time to topic work because of the importance I attach to integrated approaches to learning.
■ VERB
address
▪ To my knowledge, no one has yet addressed the relationship between topic and theme in topic-prominent languages.
▪ Clinton addressed a range of topics during his 20-minute meeting with reporters.
▪ Whatever breakdown is chosen, the course content must address all the ensuing topics.
▪ But his reluctance to address the topic now is probably indicative of his frustration over the matter.
▪ Piaget did not address the topic of individual differences or individual variations in construction of knowledge.
become
▪ He drew attention to the lower achievement of boys before it became a fashionable topic.
▪ Their bedroom doors closed, and suddenly our foibles became the topic of dinner conversation.
▪ How do themes emerge, develop, attract popular sociological interest and become acceptable topics of empirical research?
▪ Discussion Endothelin-1 has become a major research topic since its discovery and characterisation as a potent vasoconstrictor.
▪ There she felt attracted to Quakerism, which became the topic of her first two books, published in 1914.
choose
▪ It is intended that a teacher choose and teach a topic which leads up to formal rule or formula.
▪ David Quarmby helped her in choosing these topics and assisted her with some of her coursework.
▪ In the first session the group chose the topic of hospitals in the future.
▪ Members ballot for a right to choose a topic and speak.
▪ We turn now from materials with a focus on language to materials you choose because of the topic they present.
consider
▪ The indexer is required to consider which topics within a document to represent in an index.
▪ They consider the following topics: 1.
▪ We now turn to consider this topic.
▪ We have considered a topic which is, perhaps regrettably, not at the centre of Anglican attention.
▪ Our argument for the importance of considering individual speaker's topics in conversational discourse would consequently be weaker.
▪ We shall not consider this topic here except to make the following point.
cover
▪ Some sections of the list were covered widely both in relation to topic and modes of assessment and others less so.
▪ Experts will cover topics such as disaster planning for pets and pet first aid, as well as horse nutrition and care.
▪ Finally, in the fourth section I will cover a few miscellaneous topics which I think may be of interest.
▪ In the first instance, more reading and thought will be necessary in order to satisfactorily cover the topics.
▪ Both courses claimed to cover all topics, except Syllabus Design which was only covered by one.
▪ These come from many sources - school groups, horticulture clubs, students etc. and cover many topics.
▪ General Philosophy covers such topics as mind and body, theory of knowledge, causation and personal identity.
deal
▪ Chapter 4 comprehensively deals with the crucial topic of quality control and quality assurance.
▪ Placido Domingo will release an album that deals solely with the topics of losing your job and your girl.
▪ A third way of dealing with a topic indirectly, perhaps the most difficult to handle, is to use analogy.
▪ Another question to consider is whether you have any other materials dealing with the same topic.
▪ In dealing with the difficult topics of his own day he resorted to silence and ambiguity.
▪ There are three ways of dealing with a topic indirectly.
▪ I of Capital dealing with this topic.
▪ I found the sections in Pais's book dealing with these topics disappointingly terse and dry.
discuss
▪ There may also be ways in which the church could discuss the topic more openly.
▪ Can teachers be punished for discussing topics or distributing materials that are not relevant?
▪ These three books cover that same spectrum while discussing widely disparate topics.
▪ It was a comfort to discuss this familiar topic, which had been a town favorite for years.
▪ In contrast, some contemporary clinicians who have discussed the topic have been much less enthusiastic about connecting creativity to psychosis.
▪ We discussed the usual topics: his fame, his fortune, and his apartment.
▪ Terms should be introduced, as appropriate, to allow teachers and pupils to discuss the topics set out below.
▪ Can an underground newspaper be banned for discussing controversial or unpopular topics?
include
▪ Fourteen Business Briefs include topics such as writing a business letter, welcoming visitors etc.
▪ This meeting broadened the scope of the program by including topics which initially appeared to be too advanced for the developing countries.
▪ The content of the course includes the follow topics: S3: Chemical reactions - slow, fast and explosive!
▪ The course includes following topics - thermodynamics, kinetics, solution chemistry, organic chemistry, transition metals and metal extraction.
▪ The second term includes such topics as a study of poetry and the use of materials to support writing.
introduce
▪ The interviewer uses a checklist to ensure that specific areas are covered, requesting explanations or introducing new topics as necessary.
▪ Chapter 6 introduces the topic of solid sample analysis by discussing such important issues as spiking procedures, recoveries and matrix effects.
▪ The film should reinforce existing knowledge and then introduce further topics, concepts and principles.
▪ Often the teacher will search for analogies or local examples, to introduce a general history topic.
▪ In many primary classrooms, teachers introduce a new topic by means of a discussion with the whole class.
▪ Alternatively it can be done prior to question 1 to introduce the topic.
▪ But then Meredith discovered that the way to get Harriet relaxed and talking was to introduce the topic of animals.
relate
▪ First, try newsgroups related to the topics covered on your site.
▪ Extras: The stripped-down presentation accommodates add-on titles delivering vocabulary and facts about related topics.
▪ The choices here relate to discourse topic.
▪ Best for finding images and sounds related to search topics.
study
▪ The Mutual Improvement Society studied Shakespeare and the topics of the day.
▪ For this reason, during the early grades, children usually study topics they are familiar with.
▪ Globally, more than 20 dedicated research units now study the topic, and business-ethics journals abound.
▪ In frustration, he began to study books on the topic.
▪ It is one thing to study these topics and to then be able as a result to answer conventional questions.
▪ The next decade looks promising - especially for those who study the newly hot topic of neutrinos.
▪ When they study other topics, their sexuality tends to be interpreted as an idiosyncrasy which does not affect their work.
write
▪ If you are writing on this topic you can work out a list of different sorts of tragedy.
▪ It is characteristic of most research writing that topic areas are set off, underlined or otherwise made highly visible.
▪ Many books have been written about this topic alone and cheese is indeed as international as food itself.
▪ If you are writing on a complex topic a reader can easily become confused.
▪ When you read anything that any anthropologist has written on the topic of kinship terminology be on your guard.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a hot issue/topic etc
▪ Aphid insecticide resistance-a hot topic for beet and potato growers as well as horticulturalists.
▪ Despite the ominous thunder of global war, the date on which to observe Thanksgiving was a hot issue.
▪ Friday, 29 years after he was slain by a single rifle shot, his assassination is once again a hot topic.
▪ Military service was a hot topic at Oxford in the mid-1950s, too.
▪ Page description languages are currently a hot topic with much being written about the relative strengths and weaknesses of the various offerings.
▪ Salah had succeeded in creating a hot issue.
exhaust a subject/topic etc
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Dole's absence was the topic of radio talk shows.
▪ Type the topic into the search field, and let the browser search all relevant sites.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Given the topic of this book, you might expect a bias in favor of finding behavior-driven performance challenges.
▪ Ideas about cross-curricular links and the possibilities for topic work can also be shared.
▪ It is characteristic of most research writing that topic areas are set off, underlined or otherwise made highly visible.
▪ Taxes and the budget are obvious topics as Republicans fashion an economic agenda for the national convention.
▪ The law student is not expected to learn every single rule in every single legal topic.
▪ The variation across topics showed a spread of 13 to 63 percent.
▪ They will accept a lot of that but they want to pick the topic.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Topic

Topic \Top"ic\, n. [F. topiques, pl., L. topica the title of a work of Aristotle, Gr. topika`, fr. topiko`s of or for place, concerning to`poi, or commonplaces, fr. to`pos a place.]

  1. 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.

  2. pl. A treatise on forms of argument; a system or scheme of forms or commonplaces of argument or oratory; as, the Topics of Aristotle.

    These topics, or loci, were no other than general ideas applicable to a great many different subjects, which the orator was directed to consult.
    --Blair.

    In this question by [reason] I do not mean a distinct topic, but a transcendent that runs through all topics.
    --Jer. Taylor.

    2. An argument or reason. [Obs.]

    Contumacious persons, who are not to be fixed by any principles, whom no topics can work upon.
    --Bp. Wilkins.

    3. 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.

    4. (Med.) An external local application or remedy, as a plaster, a blister, etc. [Obsoles.]
    --Wiseman.

Topic

Topic \Top"ic\, a. Topical.
--Drayton. Holland.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
topic

1630s, "a class of considerations from which probable arguments can be drawn," singular form of "Topics" (1560s), the name of a work by Aristotle on logical and rhetorical generalities, from Latin Topica, from Greek Ta Topika, literally "matters concerning topoi," "commonplaces," neuter noun use of topikos "pertaining to a common place, of a place, local," from topos "place" (see topos). The meaning "matter treated in speech or writing, subject, theme" is first recorded 1720.

Wiktionary
topic

a. (l en topical) n. subject; theme; a category or general area of interest.

WordNet
topic
  1. n. the subject matter of a conversation or discussion; "he didn't want to discuss that subject"; "it was a very sensitive topic"; "his letters were always on the theme of love" [syn: subject, theme]

  2. some situation or event that is thought about; "he kept drifting off the topic"; "he had been thinking about the subject for several years"; "it is a matter for the police" [syn: subject, issue, matter]

Wikipedia
Topic

Topic, topics, TOPIC, topical, topicality or Topix may refer to:

Topic (chocolate bar)

Topic is a chocolate bar made by Mars, Incorporated in France and sold throughout Europe. It contains hazelnuts, nougat and caramel.

The bar was first introduced in 1962. In the UK it was advertised with the line "A Hazelnut in Every Bite"

The chocolate bar was promoted in a series of radio advertisements broadcast in 2002 with the strapline "A joy to eat, but a bitch to make". These adverts featured actors Simon Pegg and Mark Heap who both appeared in the cult British TV comedy Spaced.

The bar was removed from boxes of Celebrations in 2006, along with Twix (although Twix has subsequently been reintroduced).

Topic (musician)

Tobias Topic (born March 23, 1992) is a German DJ, producer and musician.

Usage examples of "topic".

We will return to this topic in later chapters, when we trace the rise of this metabiological absolutizing back to its source in the Enlightenment paradigm.

The topics insisted on, however, were for the most part identical with those which had for a series of years been repeatedly adduced in the commons, so that a repetition of them is unnecessary.

He had a tendency to jumble one topic in with another as things occurred to him, and a good deal of it was profane, but Alec managed to sift out enough to set his mind at rest by the time they drew alongside the sleek hull of the Grampus.

The bone of her contention and her main topic now, as it had been for months, was the fact that Alee and Mary were together.

During machine lulls, over paper cups of wine, he volunteered topics rather than just politely annotating ours.

Several of the veteran fishermen were suddenly eager for his viewpoint on baiting, and on any number of other topics, at the local tavern where everyone hung out.

Valenglard and Madame Morin began on the topic of the horoscope anew, and I left them, taking Mdlle.

It occurred to him belatedly that syphilis was perhaps not a topic suitable to discuss with a lady.

In the Oswiecim camp itself, Berel said, where one saw the chimneys flame out at night, and smelled the burning hair, meat, and fat, many inmates shunned the topic of the gassings, or even denied that they were happening.

Lamhorn was obviously disturbed, though Bibbs had been as considerate as possible in presenting the weather as a topic.

Rhodes pacified him, though, by congratulating him heartily on the new line of work, asking to see further studies, promising to take the topic of renewed biogenesis up at the very next meeting of the directors.

We spent the time by talking with interest on various topics till Cesarino and the husband came back.

A typical issue of Cryptozoology usually contains one or more articles by scientists on the topic of wildmen.

Hardly any other foreign topic engaged the debating powers of the members, except the all-absorbing one of the hostile proceedings of Russia against Turkey.

Captain Desai, and his attitude often resulted in conversations with her on these and related topics that could be, for lack of a better word, animated.