Contour of ground
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; periphery. [1913 Webster]

Titian's coloring and contours. --A. Drummond. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mil.) The outline of a horizontal section of the ground, or of works of fortification. [1913 Webster]

{Contour feathers} (Zo["o]l.), 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. [1913 Webster] ||


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • 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; periphery. [1913 Webster] Titian s… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Contour feathers — 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; periphery. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Contour line — 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; periphery. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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