Meaning of CONTOUR in English


/ ˈkɒntʊə(r); NAmE ˈkɑːntʊr/ noun


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.


(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)



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.