Definitions for: Contour

[n] any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline); "he could barely make out their shapes through the smoke"
[n] a line drawn on a map connecting points of equal height
[v] form the contours of

Webster (1913) Definition: Con*tour", n. [F. contour, fr. contourner to mark the
outlines; con- + tourner to turn. See Turn.]
1. The outline of a figure or body, or the line or lines
representing such an outline; the line that bounds;

Titian's coloring and contours. --A. Drummond.

2. (Mil.) The outline of a horizontal section of the ground,
or of works of fortification.

Contour feathers (Zo["o]l.), those feathers that form the
general covering of a bird.

Contour of ground (Surv.), the outline of the surface of
ground with respect to its undulation, etc.

Contour line (Topographical Suv.), the line in which a
horizontal plane intersects a portion of ground, or the
corresponding line in a map or chart.

Synonyms: configuration, conformation, contour line, form, shape

See Also: angularity, bluntness, concaveness, concavity, convexity, convexness, crookedness, curvature, curve, delineate, dullness, dulness, keenness, limn, line, lobularity, narrowing, outline, roundness, sharpness, spatial property, spatiality, straightness, stratification, streamline, thalweg, topography

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