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Definition of contour noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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 showing points that are the same height above sea level a contour map (= a map that includes these lines)
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: contour