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relief map

a map showing the relief of an area, usually by generalized contour lines.
Origin of relief map
First recorded in 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • If you can look at a relief map you will see how this great plain lay.

    Heroes of Israel Theodore Gerald Soares
  • The vast tortuous landscape spread out below him like a relief map in a mapmaker's nightmare.

    A World Called Crimson Darius John Granger
  • Contoured: An irregular but smoothly undulating surface, resembling the surface of a relief map.

  • This map, although by no means free from errors, is a vast improvement on the relief map of M. Elie de Beaumont.

    Etna G. F. Rodwell
  • Turning his back on her, Red busied himself by drawing a crude map of the island modeled after her relief map of ashes.

    The Galloping Ghost Roy J. Snell
  • The relief map shows a line of heights running from west to east, and rising higher and higher in that direction.

  • The buzzards sailing aloft looked down on the Humboldt Sink as we would look upon a relief map.

    The Killer Stewart Edward White
  • The mountain world was laid out below her as clearly as in a relief map.

    The Strength of the Pines

    Edison Marshall
British Dictionary definitions for relief map

relief map

a map that shows the configuration and height of the land surface, usually by means of contours
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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relief map in Science
relief map
A map that depicts land configuration, often with contour lines. Some relief maps are three-dimensional.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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