[kon-too r] /ˈkɒn tʊər/
the outline of a figure or body; the edge or line that defines or bounds a shape or object.
Phonetics. a distinctive pattern of changes in pitch, stress, or tone extending across all or part of an utterance, especially across a sentence, and contributing to meaning.
verb (used with object)
to mark with .
to make or form the contour or outline of.
to build (a road, railroad track, etc.) in conformity with the contour of the land.
to mold or shape so as to fit a certain configuration:
cars with seats that are contoured for comfort.
molded or shaped to fit a particular contour or form:
Agriculture. of or used in a system of plowing, cultivating, sowing, etc., along the of the land in order to trap water runoff and prevent erosion.
the outline of a mass of land, figure, or body; a defining line
(often pl) the shape or surface, esp of a curving form: the contours of her body were full and round
(modifier) shaped to fit the form of something: a contour chair
a rising and falling variation pattern, as in music and intonation
to shape so as to form the contour of something
to mark contour lines on
to construct (a road, railway, etc) to follow the outline of the land
1660s, a term in painting and sculpture, from French contour “circumference, outline,” from Italian and Medieval Latin contornare “to go around,” from Latin com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + tornare “to turn (on a lathe);” see turn (v.).
First recorded application to topography is from 1769. Earlier the word was used to mean “bedspread, quilt” (early 15c.) in reference to its falling over the sides of the mattress. Related: Contoured. Contour line in geography is from 1844.
noun, Ornithology. 1. one of the feathers that form the surface plumage of a bird, including those of the wings and tail but excluding such specialized types as downs and filoplumes. noun 1. any of the feathers that cover the body of an adult bird, apart from the wings and tail, and determine its shape
noun, Mathematics. 1. integration in the complex plane about a closed curve of finite length.
noun 1. the difference in elevation represented by each contour line on a topographic map. noun 1. the difference in altitude represented by the space between two contour lines on a map noun any of the spaces between vertical lines on a topographic map or globe; the difference in elevation such an interval represents Examples […]
noun 1. a line joining points of equal elevation on a surface. 2. the representation of such a line on a map. 3. Mathematics. a line parallel to a trace. Compare 1 (def 11). noun 1. a line on a map or chart joining points of equal height or depth Often shortened to contour contour […]