verb (used with object)
Origin of contour
Synonyms for contour
Related Words for contourcurve, silhouette, figuration, form, figure, shape, relief, delineation, lineament, lines
Examples from the Web for contour
Historical Examples of contour
Her contour was rather square than oblong, and she was very heavy.Meadow Grass
If ever he praised a limb, a tint, a contour, it was solely from the artistic point of view.His Masterpiece
A scanty growth of whisker did not conceal the contour of his jaw.End of the Tether
“I wonder you had the heart to risk spoiling its contour,” she said resentfully.Olive in Italy
The circumference of the crest on the 10,000-foot contour is nearly seven miles.The Mountain that was 'God'
John H. Williams
- See contour line
- (as modifier)a contour map
Word Origin for contour
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.