verb (used with object)
- contour curtain,
- contour feather,
- contour integration,
- contour interval,
- contour line
Origin of contour
Examples from the Web for contoured
In all maps that are to be contoured some plane, called the datum plane, must be used to which all contours are referred.Manual of Military Training|James A. Moss
The scientific value of these contoured maps is fully recognized.
To ensure the utmost strength in the machines themselves they are contoured in ample curves.Inventors at Work|George Iles
Contoured: An irregular but smoothly undulating surface, resembling the surface of a relief map.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique|John William Henry Eyre
Stillwell commenced a contoured plane-table survey of the neighbourhood of Winter Quarters.The Home of the Blizzard|Douglas Mawson
- 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.