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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Contour \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 (Zool.), 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.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: a line drawn on a map connecting points of equal height
[syn: contour, contour line]
2: any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline);
"he could barely make out their shapes" [syn: shape,
form, configuration, contour, conformation]
3: 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"
v 1: form the contours of
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
23 Moby Thesaurus words for "contour":
broad lines, configuration, delineate, delineation, features,
figuration, figure, framework, galbe, gestalt, limn, line,
lineaments, lineation, lines, main features, outline, profile,
relief, shapes, silhouette, skeleton, tournure
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