relief map


a map showing the relief of an area, usually by generalized contour lines.

Nearby words

  1. relic area,
  2. relics,
  3. relict,
  4. reliction,
  5. relief,
  6. relief pitcher,
  7. relief valve,
  8. reliefer,
  9. relier,
  10. relieve

Origin of relief map

First recorded in 1875–80 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for relief map

  • A huge horizon of water surrounded Phina Island, which lay unrolled like a relief-map at his feet.

    Godfrey Morgan|Jules Verne
  • This monstrosity turned out to be a relief-map of Palestine.

  • The garden looked like a relief-map now, and gave no indication of what it would be in August; such a jungle!

    Song of the Lark|Willa Cather

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 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Science definitions for relief map

relief map


A map that depicts land configuration, often with contour lines. Some relief maps are three-dimensional.
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