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con·tour

 (kŏn′to͝or′)
n.
1.
a. The outline of a figure, body, or mass. See Synonyms at form.
b. A line that represents such an outline. See Synonyms at outline.
2. A contour line.
3.
a. A varying characteristic or quality of something, such as a melody.
b. Linguistics The distinctive rising and falling patterns of pitch, tone, or stress.
tr.v. con·toured, con·tour·ing, con·tours
1. To make or shape the outline of; represent in contour.
2. To build (a road, for example) to follow the contour of the land.
adj.
1. Following the contour lines of uneven terrain to limit erosion of topsoil: contour plowing.
2. Shaped to fit the outline or form of something: a contour sheet.

[French, alteration (influenced by tour, turn) of Italian contorno, from contornare, to draw in outline : Latin com-, intensive pref.; see com- + Latin tornāre, to round off (from tornus, lathe, from Greek tornos; see terə- in Indo-European roots).]

contour

(ˈkɒntʊə)
n
1. the outline of a mass of land, figure, or body; a defining line
2. (Physical Geography)
b. (as modifier): a contour map.
3. (often plural) the shape or surface, esp of a curving form: the contours of her body were full and round.
4. (modifier) shaped to fit the form of something: a contour chair.
5. (Phonetics & Phonology) a rising and falling variation pattern, as in music and intonation
vb (tr)
6. to shape so as to form the contour of something
7. (Physical Geography) to mark contour lines on
8. (Civil Engineering) to construct (a road, railway, etc) to follow the outline of the land
[C17: from French, from Italian contorno, from contornare to sketch, from tornare to turn]

con•tour

(ˈkɒn tʊər)

n.
1. the outline of a figure or body; the edge or line that defines or bounds a shape or object.
3. a distinctive pattern of changes in pitch, stress, or tone extending across all or part of an utterance.
v.t.
4. to mark with contour lines.
5. to make or form the contour or outline of.
6. to build (a road, railroad track, etc.) in conformity with the contour of the land.
7. to mold or shape so as to fit a certain configuration or form: seats contoured for comfort.
adj.
8. molded or shaped to fit a particular contour or form: contour sheets.
9. of or pertaining to a system of cultivating hilly land along the natural contours of the slopes in order to prevent runoff and erosion.
[1655–65; < French, =con- con- + tour a turn (see tour), modeled on Italian contorno, derivative of contornare to outline]

contour


Past participle: contoured
Gerund: contouring

Imperative
contour
contour
Present
I contour
you contour
he/she/it contours
we contour
you contour
they contour
Preterite
I contoured
you contoured
he/she/it contoured
we contoured
you contoured
they contoured
Present Continuous
I am contouring
you are contouring
he/she/it is contouring
we are contouring
you are contouring
they are contouring
Present Perfect
I have contoured
you have contoured
he/she/it has contoured
we have contoured
you have contoured
they have contoured
Past Continuous
I was contouring
you were contouring
he/she/it was contouring
we were contouring
you were contouring
they were contouring
Past Perfect
I had contoured
you had contoured
he/she/it had contoured
we had contoured
you had contoured
they had contoured
Future
I will contour
you will contour
he/she/it will contour
we will contour
you will contour
they will contour
Future Perfect
I will have contoured
you will have contoured
he/she/it will have contoured
we will have contoured
you will have contoured
they will have contoured
Future Continuous
I will be contouring
you will be contouring
he/she/it will be contouring
we will be contouring
you will be contouring
they will be contouring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been contouring
you have been contouring
he/she/it has been contouring
we have been contouring
you have been contouring
they have been contouring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been contouring
you will have been contouring
he/she/it will have been contouring
we will have been contouring
you will have been contouring
they will have been contouring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been contouring
you had been contouring
he/she/it had been contouring
we had been contouring
you had been contouring
they had been contouring
Conditional
I would contour
you would contour
he/she/it would contour
we would contour
you would contour
they would contour
Past Conditional
I would have contoured
you would have contoured
he/she/it would have contoured
we would have contoured
you would have contoured
they would have contoured
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.contour - a line drawn on a map connecting points of equal heightcontour - a line drawn on a map connecting points of equal height
isometric, isometric line - a line connecting isometric points
thalweg - a line following the lowest points of a valley
2.contour - any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)contour - any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline); "he could barely make out their shapes"
keenness, sharpness - thinness of edge or fineness of point
bluntness, dullness - without sharpness or clearness of edge or point; "the dullness of the pencil made his writing illegible"
spatial property, spatiality - any property relating to or occupying space
topography - the configuration of a surface and the relations among its man-made and natural features
lobularity - the property of having lobules
concaveness, concavity - the property possessed by a concave shape
convexity, convexness - the property possessed by a convex shape
angularity - the property possessed by a shape that has angles
narrowing - an instance of becoming narrow
curvature, curve - the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface
roundness - the property possessed by a line or surface that is curved and not angular
straightness - freedom from crooks or curves or bends or angles
crookedness - having or distinguished by crooks or curves or bends or angles
stratification - a layered configuration
3.contour - a feature (or the order or arrangement of features) of anything having a complex structure; "the contours of the melody"; "it defines a major contour of this administration"
characteristic, feature - a prominent attribute or aspect of something; "the map showed roads and other features"; "generosity is one of his best characteristics"
Verb1.contour - form the contours of
limn, outline, delineate - trace the shape of
streamline - contour economically or efficiently

contour

noun outline, profile, lines, form, figure, shape, relief, curve, silhouette The light of dawn began to outline the contours of the hills.

contour

noun
A line marking and shaping the outer form of an object:
Translations
خَريطَة ذات خُطوط مُناسِبخُطوط، تَخْطيط، مُحيط
obrysvrstevnice
højdekurvekonturomrids
körvonalak
hæîarlínaútlína
horizontalėizohipsėkontūras
apveidskontūrakontūrlīnija
çevre çizgisieş yükselti eğrisi

contour

[ˈkɒntʊəʳ]
A. Ncontorno m
B. CPD contour flying Nvuelo m rasante
contour line Ncurva f de nivel
contour map Nplano m acotado

contour

[ˈkɒntʊər]
n
(= line, shape) [body, car, object] → contour m, profil m
(also contour line) (on map)courbe f de niveau
contours npl (= shape) → formes fpl

contour

n
(= outline)Kontur f, → Umriss m
contours pl (= shape)Konturen pl; the contours of her bodyihre Konturen
(Geog) → Höhenlinie f
vt roadder Gegend anpassen; landhügelig anlegen; mapmit Höhenlinien versehen

contour

(Geog):
contour line
nHöhenlinie f
contour map
nHöhenlinienkarte f
contour sheet
n (US) → Spannbettlaken nt, → Spannbetttuch nt

contour

[ˈkɒntʊəʳ] ncontorno, profilo (also contour line) → curva di livello, isoipsa

contour

(ˈkontuə) noun
1. an outline. the contours of the coastline.
2. (also contour line) on a map, a line joining points at the same height or depth.

con·tour

n. contorno.

contour

n contorno
References in classic literature ?
In spite of a new suit of clothes, whose pristine folds refused to adapt themselves entirely to the contour of his figure, he was somewhat subdued by the unexpected elegance of the drawing-room of Christie's host.
And, not to speak of the highly presumable difference of contour between a young sucking whale and a full-grown Platonian Leviathan; yet, even in the case of one of those young sucking whales hoisted to a ship's deck, such is then the outlandish, eel-like, limbered, varying shape of him, that his precise expression the devil himself could not catch.
His well-formed aquiline nose, straight thin lips, and the admirable contour of his finely-formed limbs, impressed the whole company instantly with the idea of something uncommon.
In each of the sisters there was one trait of the mother--and only one; the thin and pallid elder daughter had her parent's Cairngorm eye: the blooming and luxuriant younger girl had her contour of jaw and chin--perhaps a little softened, but still imparting an indescribable hardness to the countenance otherwise so voluptuous and buxom.
Some women, I grant, would not appear to advantage seated on a pillion, and attired in a drab joseph and a drab beaver-bonnet, with a crown resembling a small stew-pan; for a garment suggesting a coachman's greatcoat, cut out under an exiguity of cloth that would only allow of miniature capes, is not well adapted to conceal deficiencies of contour, nor is drab a colour that will throw sallow cheeks into lively contrast.
Les domes, sur l'azur des ondes Suivant la phrase au pur contour, S'enflent comme des gorges rondes Que souleve un soupir d'amour.
They reached the top of the hill towards the first hour of evening; the sun was descending heaven, the colour had all drawn into the west; the hills were modelled in their least contour by the soft, slanting shine; and the wide moorlands, veined with glens and hazelwoods, ran west and north in a hazy glory of light.
Her shining tresses, divided in two parts, encircle the harmonious contour of her white and delicate cheeks, brilliant in their glow and freshness.
The navigation of his craft must have engrossed all the Roman's attention in the calm of a summer's day (he would choose his weather), when the single row of long sweeps (the galley would be a light one, not a trireme) could fall in easy cadence upon a sheet of water like plate-glass, reflecting faithfully the classic form of his vessel and the contour of the lonely shores close on his left hand.
He has thrown off his paper cap, and you see that his hair is not thick and straight, like Adam's, but thin and wavy, allowing you to discern the exact contour of a coronal arch that predominates very decidedly over the brow.
A hardly perceptible blue irregular outline, indicating the bold contour of the lofty heights of Nukuheva.
It was, as seen from this height, of an oval contour, with a breadth of about thirty miles and a width of twenty.