a line joining points of equal elevation on a surface.
the representation of such a line on a map.
Mathematics. a line parallel to a trace.
Compare 1 (def 11).
a line on a map or chart joining points of equal height or depth Often shortened to contour
contour line

A line on a map joining points of equal elevation above a given level, usually mean sea level. ◇ The change in elevation between one contour line and the next is the contour interval.


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