The basic definition of a manifold (especially a smooth manifold) is as a space locally modeled on a finite-dimensional Cartesian space. This can be generalized to a notion of smooth manifolds locally modeled on infinite-dimensional topological vector spaces. Typical examples of these are mapping spaces between finite-dimensional manifolds, such as loop spaces.

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