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CONTOUR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does contour mean? 

CONTOUR (noun)
  The noun CONTOUR has 3 senses:

1. a line drawn on a map connecting points of equal height
2. any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)
3. a feature (or the order or arrangement of features) of anything having a complex structure

  Familiarity information: CONTOUR used as a noun is uncommon.


CONTOUR (verb)
  The verb CONTOUR has 1 sense:

1. form the contours of

  Familiarity information: CONTOUR used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONTOUR (noun)


Sense 1contour [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A line drawn on a map connecting points of equal height

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

contour; contour line

Hypernyms ("contour" is a kind of...):

isometric; isometric line (a line connecting isometric points)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "contour"):

thalweg (a line following the lowest points of a valley)


Sense 2contour [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

shape; configuration; conformation; contour; form

Context example:

he could barely make out their shapes

Hypernyms ("contour" is a kind of...):

spatial property; spatiality (any property relating to or occupying space)

Attribute:

straight (having no deviations)

crooked (having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "contour"):

keenness; sharpness (thinness of edge or fineness of point)

stratification (a layered configuration)

crookedness (having or distinguished by crooks or curves or bends or angles)

straightness (freedom from crooks or curves or bends or angles)

roundness (the property possessed by a line or surface that is curved and not angular)

curvature; curve (the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface)

narrowing (an instance of becoming narrow)

angularity (the property possessed by a shape that has angles)

convexity; convexness (the property possessed by a convex shape)

concaveness; concavity (the property possessed by a concave shape)

lobularity (the property of having lobules)

topography (the configuration of a surface and the relations among its man-made and natural features)

bluntness; dullness (without sharpness or clearness of edge or point)


Sense 3contour [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A feature (or the order or arrangement of features) of anything having a complex structure

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context examples:

the contours of the melody / it defines a major contour of this administration

Hypernyms ("contour" is a kind of...):

characteristic; feature (a prominent aspect of something)


CONTOUR (verb)


Sense 1contour [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Form the contours of

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Hypernyms (to "contour" is one way to...):

delineate; limn; outline (trace the shape of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "contour"):

streamline (contour economically or efficiently)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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