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View synonyms for relief map

relief map

noun

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


relief map

noun

  1. a map that shows the configuration and height of the land surface, usually by means of contours


relief map

/ rĭ-lēf /

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of relief map1

First recorded in 1875–80
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Example Sentences

I was now a rippling sheet of endlessly lean muscle, my sinew bulging beneath mud-caked skin like some surrealist relief map of the ancient ridges I’d walked.

A study of any good relief-map of Europe will show the chief routes of trade almost at a glance.

The whole globe was a carefully chiseled relief map, showing seas, mountains, and continents.

Contoured: An irregular but smoothly undulating surface, resembling the surface of a relief map.

As the manager had said, the country was spread out under them like a big relief map.

Always it became smaller, and more and more like a coloured relief-map with tiny, Noah's-ark houses.

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