This condition will soon be remedied as the rings become polished and adapt themselves to the contour of the cylinder.
The head was stuffed to the contour of life, and the paws outspread and perfect.
The contour of a peninsula is like the surface of the brain: in both it is convolutions that count.
The distance between the planes is called the contour interval.
It is rare, however, that such a cliff as that represented in Fig. 12 can maintain itself long in such a contour.
It was so fashioned that it fitted the contour of the face snugly.
In other cases the contour of the head appears to be elongated so as to serve for head and trunk.
If ever he praised a limb, a tint, a contour, it was solely from the artistic point of view.
She was rather tall than otherwise, and the contour of her head and shoulders denoted a girl in the heyday of youth and activity.
A scanty growth of whisker did not conceal the contour of his jaw.
1660s, a term in painting and sculpture, from French contour "circumference, outline," from Italian and Medieval Latin contornare "to go around," from Latin com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + tornare "to turn (on a lathe);" see turn (v.).
First recorded application to topography is from 1769. Earlier the word was used to mean "bedspread, quilt" (early 15c.) in reference to its falling over the sides of the mattress. Related: Contoured. Contour line in geography is from 1844.