Definition of contour noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkɒntʊə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːntʊr//
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  1. 1the outer edges of something; the outline of its shape or form The road follows the natural contours of the coastline. She traced the contours of his face with her finger.
  2. 2(also contour line) a line on a map that joins points that are the same height above sea level a contour map (= a map that includes these lines)
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French, from Italian contorno, from contornare ‘draw in outline’, from con- ‘together’+ tornare ‘to turn’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: contour