Meaning of CONTOUR in English

CONTOUR

/ ˈkɒntʊə(r); NAmE ˈkɑːntʊr/ noun

1.

the outer edges of sth; 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.

(also ˈcontour 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)

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WORD ORIGIN

mid 17th cent.: from French , from Italian contorno , from contornare draw in outline, from con- together+ tornare to turn.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.