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mathematics
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, a closed manifold is a manifold
In mathematics, a manifold is a topological space that locally resembles Euclidean space near each point. More precisely, an n-dimensional manifold, or ''n-manifold'' for short, is a topological space with the property that each point has a n ...

without boundary that is compact
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.
In comparison, an open manifold is a manifold without boundary that has only ''non-compact'' components.
Examples

The onlyconnected
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one-dimensional example is a circle
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.
The sphere
A sphere () is a geometrical object that is a three-dimensional analogue to a two-dimensional circle. A sphere is the set of points that are all at the same distance from a given point in three-dimensional space.. That given point is the ...

, torus
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If the axis of revolution does not t ...

, and the Klein bottle
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are all closed two-dimensional manifolds.
A line
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is not closed because it is not compact.
A closed disk is a compact two-dimensional manifold, but it is not closed because it has a boundary.
Open manifolds

For a connected manifold, "open" is equivalent to "without boundary and non-compact", but for a disconnected manifold, open is stronger. For instance, the disjoint union of a circle and a line is non-compact since a line is non-compact, but this is not an open manifold since the circle (one of its components) is compact.Abuse of language

Most books generally define a manifold as a space that is, locally,homeomorphic
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to Euclidean space
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(along with some other technical conditions), thus by this definition a manifold does not include its boundary when it is embedded in a larger space. However, this definition doesnâ€™t cover some basic objects such as a closed disk, so authors sometimes define a manifold with boundary
In mathematics, a manifold is a topological space that locally resembles Euclidean space near each point. More precisely, an n-dimensional manifold, or ''n-manifold'' for short, is a topological space with the property that each point has a ne ...

and abusively say ''manifold'' without reference to the boundary. But normally, a compact manifold (compact with respect to its underlying topology) can synonymously be used for closed manifold if the usual definition for manifold is used.
The notion of a closed manifold is unrelated to that of a closed set
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. A line is a closed subset of the plane, and a manifold, but not a closed manifold.
Use in physics

The notion of a " closed universe" can refer to the universe being a closed manifold but more likely refers to the universe being a manifold of constant positive Ricci curvature.See also

*References

* Michael Spivak: ''A Comprehensive Introduction to Differential Geometry.'' Volume 1. 3rd edition with corrections. Publish or Perish, Houston TX 2005, . {{Manifolds Differential geometry Manifolds Geometric topology