contour

[ kon-toor ]
/ ˈkɒn tʊər /

noun

verb (used with object)

adjective

molded or shaped to fit a particular contour or form: contour seats.
Agriculture. of or used in a system of plowing, cultivating, sowing, etc., along the contour lines of the land in order to trap water runoff and prevent erosion.

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Origin of contour

First recorded in 1655–65; from French, equivalent to con- + tour “a turn,” modeled on Italian contorno, derivative of contornare “to outline”; see origin at con-, tour,turn

OTHER WORDS FROM contour

re·con·tour, verb (used with object)un·con·toured, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for contour

contour
/ (ˈkɒntʊə) /

noun

verb (tr)

Word Origin for contour

C17: from French, from Italian contorno, from contornare to sketch, from tornare to turn
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