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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  Titian's  coloring  and  contours.  --A.  Drummond. 
 
  2.  (Mil.)  The  outline  of  a  horizontal  section  of  the  ground, 
  or  of  works  of  fortification. 
 
  {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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  contour 
  n  1:  a  line  drawn  on  a  map  connecting  points  of  equal  height 
  [syn:  {contour  line}] 
  2:  any  spatial  attribute  (especially  as  defined  by  outline); 
  "he  could  barely  make  out  their  shapes  through  the  smoke" 
  [syn:  {shape},  {form},  {configuration}] 
  v  :  form  the  contours  of 




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