Meaning of CONTOUR in English

CONTOUR

n. & v.

--n.

1. an outline, esp. representing or bounding the shape or form of something.

2 the outline of a natural feature, e.g. a coast or mountain mass.

3 a line separating differently coloured parts of a design.

--v.tr.

1. mark with contour lines.

2 carry (a road or railway) round the side of a hill.

Phrases and idioms:

contour line a line on a map joining points of equal altitude. contour map a map marked with contour lines. contour ploughing ploughing along lines of constant altitude to minimize soil erosion.

Etymology: F f. It. contorno f. contornare draw in outline (as COM-, tornare turn)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.