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contour map

a topographic map on which the shape of the land surface is shown by contour lines, the relative spacing of the lines indicating the relative slope of the surface.
Origin of contour map
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • It was a contour map, giving the hills, sand reaches, and groves.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • Levelling may be read from a contour map, if there is such available.

  • He was a thin little man with a face as wrinkled as a contour map of South America.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • We did not need the contour map to know that some of these heights exceeded Yosemite's.

    The Book of the National Parks Robert Sterling Yard
  • Little ridges covered his countenance as if it had been a contour map of a mountainous country.

    Steve Yeager William MacLeod Raine
  • A contour map in colours such as Bartholomew's "half inch" is a great help in this matter.

    Wanderings in Wessex Edric Holmes
Contemporary definitions for contour map
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contour map in Science
contour map  
A map that shows elevations above sea level and surface features of the land by means of contour lines.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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