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The Definition of - contour (verb)

    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 contour lines.
    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:
    contour seats.
    Agriculture. of or used in a system of plowing, cultivating, sowing, etc., along the contour lines of the land in order to trap water runoff and prevent erosion.

Word Example of - contour

    Example Sentences for contour

    This condition will soon be remedied as the rings become polished and adapt themselves to the contour of the cylinder.

    The head was stuffed to the contour of life, and the paws outspread and perfect.

    The contour of a peninsula is like the surface of the brain: in both it is convolutions that count.

    The distance between the planes is called the contour interval.

    It is rare, however, that such a cliff as that represented in Fig. 12 can maintain itself long in such a contour.

    It was so fashioned that it fitted the contour of the face snugly.

    In other cases the contour of the head appears to be elongated so as to serve for head and trunk.

    If ever he praised a limb, a tint, a contour, it was solely from the artistic point of view.

    She was rather tall than otherwise, and the contour of her head and shoulders denoted a girl in the heyday of youth and activity.

    A scanty growth of whisker did not conceal the contour of his jaw.

Word Origin & History of - contour

    Word Origin & History

    contour 1660s, a term in painting and sculpture, from Fr. contour "circumference, outline," from M.L. contornare "to go around," from L. com- intens. prefix + tornare "to turn in a lathe," from tornus "lathe" (see turn). First recorded application to topography is from 1769. Related: Contoured (1725). Contour line in geography is from 1844.

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