What does contour mean?

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ˈkɒn tʊərcon·tour

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contour, contour linenoun

    a line drawn on a map connecting points of equal height

  2. shape, form, configuration, contour, conformationnoun

    any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)

    "he could barely make out their shapes"

  3. contourverb

    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. contourverb

    form the contours of


  1. contournoun

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

    The low drag contour of a modern automobile.

  2. contournoun

    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. contournoun

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

  4. Etymology: From Italian contorno.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CONTOURnoun

    The outline; the line by which any figure is defined or terminated.

    Etymology: French.


  1. contour

    A contour represents the shape or outline of something, or a line that defines such a shape or outline. In mapping and graphing, it denotes a line joining points of equal height or depth, forming a boundary. In other contexts, it refers to the way in which something such as a terrain, body shape, or object is shaped or curved.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contournoun

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

  2. Contournoun

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

  3. Etymology: [F. contour, fr. contourner to mark the outlines; con- + tourner to turn. See Turn.]



    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Contour

    kon′tōōr, or kon-tōōr′, n. the outline: the line which bounds the figure of any object.—v.t. to mark with contour lines.—Contour lines, lines drawn in a map through points all at the same height above sea-level—usually on the British Ordnance Survey maps at intervals of 50 feet. [Fr. con, and tour, a turning—L. tornus—Gr. tornos, a lathe.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. contour

    The sweep of a ship's shape.


  1. Contour

    the outline or periphery.

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Anagrams for contour »

  1. crouton

  2. cornuto

  3. countor

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of contour in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of contour in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of contour in a Sentence

  1. Graeme Heinrich:

    On Monday Justin Rose was playing a practice round at Wentworth, i gave Justin Rose Justin Rose contour book and Justin Rose told me Justin Rose is now going to be much happier putting here.

  2. Madam Chaiang Kai-shek:

    I go walking, and the hills loom above me, range upon range, one against the other. I cannot tell where one begins and another leaves off. But when I talk with God, He lifts me up where I can see clearly where everything has a distinct contour.

  3. Kylie Jenner:

    You guys have watched me grow up since I was 9. My face is going to get different, now, I know how to do my makeup, contour and everything. I'm not against surgery. I'd never say no, but I don't desire it right now.

  4. The ECJ:

    The mark does not relate to a specific shape of sole for high-heeled shoes since the description of that mark explicitly states that the contour of the shoe does not form part of the mark and is intended purely to show the positioning of the red color covered by the registration.

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