verb (used with object)
Origin of contour
Synonyms for contour
Examples from the Web for contoured
Historical Examples of contoured
Our tie strengthened and sustained us in our zest for a world so coloured and contoured.Plum Pudding
Stillwell commenced a contoured plane-table survey of the neighbourhood of Winter Quarters.The Home of the Blizzard
How teeth may best be contoured involves nice questions in geometry.
To ensure the utmost strength in the machines themselves they are contoured in ample curves.
The grinding tools he employs he has contoured in such wise as to produce desired curves free from error.
- 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.