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 (tō′pōs, -pŏs)
n. pl. to·poi (-poi)
A traditional theme or motif; a literary convention.

[Greek, short for (koinos) topos, (common)place.]


n, pl -oi (-ɔɪ)
(Rhetoric) a basic theme or concept, esp a stock topic in rhetoric
[C20: Greek, literally: place]


(ˈtoʊ poʊs, -pɒs)
n., pl. -poi (-pɔɪ)
a convention or motif, esp. in a literary work.
[1935–40; <Greek (koinós) tópos (common) place]
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Noun1.topos - a traditional theme or motif or literary convention; "James Joyce uses the topos of the Wandering Jew in his Ulysses"
theme, motif - a unifying idea that is a recurrent element in literary or artistic work; "it was the usual `boy gets girl' theme"
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More generally, we prove in Section 4 that Rel(Q) is equivalent to Rel(T) for some Grothendieck topos T (and thus Sh(Q) is equivalent to T) if and only if Q is a modular, locally localic and weakly semi-simple quantaloid; we call these Grothendieck quantaloids.
15 If Q isa small quantaloid of closed cribles, then Sh (Q) is a Grothendieck topos and Rel(Q) is its category of relations.
In the previous section we showed that, for Q a small quantaloid of closed cribles, Sh(Q) is a Grothendieck topos and Rel(Q) is its category of relations.
l) Following on from (k), we may strengthen the descent condition (c) to say that if the pullback of f along each member of a finite epimorphic family is in D, then f [member of] D--and in a Grothendieck topos we may strengthen it to a similar condition on arbitrary (set-indexed) epimorphic families.
In this version, a class of etale maps D in a Grothendieck topos [epsilon] satisfies