Definitions for Contourˈkɒn tʊər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

con•tourˈkɒn tʊər(n.)

  1. the outline of a figure or body; the edge or line that defines or bounds a shape or object.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  2. Category: Geography (terms), Surveying

    Ref: contour line.

  3. a distinctive pattern of changes in pitch, stress, or tone extending across all or part of an utterance.

    Category: Phonetics

  4. (v.t.)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.

    Category: Civil Engineering

  7. to mold or shape so as to fit a certain configuration or form:

    seats contoured for comfort.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  8. (adj.)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.

    Category: Agriculture

Origin of contour:

1655–65; < F, =con-con - +tour a turn (see tour ), modeled on It contorno, der. of contornare to outline

Princeton's WordNet

  1. contour, contour line(noun)

    a line drawn on a map connecting points of equal height

  2. shape, form, configuration, contour, conformation(noun)

    any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)

    "he could barely make out their shapes"

  3. contour(verb)

    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"

  4. contour(verb)

    form the contours of


  1. contour(Noun)

    An outline, boundary or border, usually of curved shape.

    The low drag contour of a modern automobile.

  2. contour(Noun)

    A line on a map or chart delineating those points which have the same altitude or other plotted quantity: a contour line or isopleth.

  3. contour(Noun)

    a speech sound which behaves as a single segment, but which makes an internal transition from one quality, place, or manner to another.

  4. Origin: From Italian contorno.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contour(noun)

    the outline of a figure or body, or the line or lines representing such an outline; the line that bounds; periphery

  2. Contour(noun)

    the outline of a horizontal section of the ground, or of works of fortification



    The COmet Nucleus TOUR was a NASA Discovery-class space probe that failed shortly after its July 2002 launch. It had as its primary objective close flybys of two comet nuclei with the possibility of a flyby of a third known comet or an as-yet-undiscovered comet. The two comets scheduled to be visited were Encke and Schwassmann-Wachmann-3, and the third target was d'Arrest. It was hoped that a new comet would have been discovered in the inner solar system between 2006 and 2008, in which case the spacecraft trajectory would have been changed if possible to rendezvous with the new comet. Scientific objectives included imaging the nuclei at resolutions of up to 4 metres, performing spectral mapping of the nuclei at resolutions of up to 100 metres, and obtaining detailed compositional data on gas and dust in the near-nucleus environment, with the goal of improving knowledge of the characteristics of comet nuclei. After the solid rocket motor intended to inject the spacecraft into solar orbit was ignited on August 15, 2002, contact with the probe could not be re-established. Ground-based telescopes later found three objects along the course of the satellite, leading to the speculation that it had disintegrated. Attempts to contact the probe were ended on December 20, 2002. The probe thus accomplished none of its primary scientific objectives, but did prove some spaceflight technologies, such as the APL-developed non-coherent spacecraft navigation technique, which was later used on the New Horizons spacecraft.

Anagrams of Contour

  1. crouton

Translations for Contour

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an outline

the contours of the coastline.

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