contour

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English[edit]

The picture in the lower half shows the contours of elevation of the mountains above. The points on a single curve are at same elevation. Different lines may be at different elevation whose value is given in between the lines

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French contour, from contourner.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkɒntʊə(ɹ)/, /-tɔː(ɹ)/
  • (file)
  • Homophone: kontor

Noun[edit]

contour (plural contours)

  1. An outline, boundary or border, usually of curved shape.
    the low drag contour of a modern automobile
  2. A line on a map or chart delineating those points which have the same altitude or other plotted quantity: a contour line or isopleth.
    Synonym: contour line
  3. (linguistics) a speech sound which behaves as a single segment, but which makes an internal transition from one quality, place, or manner to another.
    Hyponyms: diphthong, contour tone, affricate

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Verb[edit]

contour (third-person singular simple present contours, present participle contouring, simple past and past participle contoured)

  1. (transitive) To form a more or less curved boundary or border upon.
  2. (transitive) To mark with contour lines.
  3. (intransitive) To practise the makeup technique of contouring.
    • 2015 April 29, Kathleen Hou, “Why French Women Don’t Contour”, in The Cut[1], New York, U.S.A.: Vox Media, retrieved July 2, 2020:
      What is the French-preferred method to add dimension to the skin, if not to contour?

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Deverbal of contourner

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

contour m (plural contours)

  1. contour

Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

contour m (plural contours)

  1. contour