Meaning of contour

contour




Contour is the outline or shape of something. A shoe that fits well along the contours or shape of your foot is a good fit.

Contour comes from the Italian contorno meaning “to draw a line,” which is precisely what you are doing when you trace the contour of something. A road that contours a mountain follows along its edge and a mattress that contours to your body, adjusts to your shape. You might buy the kind of shoes that are designed to contour or mold to the shape of your feet over time, in which case you’ll have to break them in.

Definitions of contour
  1. noun

    a line drawn on a map connecting points of equal height

    synonyms:

    contour line

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    types:

    thalweg

    a line following the lowest points of a valley
    type of:

    isometric, isometric line

    a line connecting isometric points

  2. noun

    any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)

    synonyms:

    configuration, conformation, form, shape

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    keenness, sharpness

    thinness of edge or fineness of point
    bluntness, dullness

    without sharpness or clearness of edge or point
    topography

    the configuration of a surface and the relations among its man-made and natural features
    lobularity

    the property of having lobules
    concaveness, concavity

    the property possessed by a concave shape
    convexity, convexness

    the property possessed by a convex shape
    angularity

    the property possessed by a shape that has angles
    narrowing

    an instance of becoming narrow
    curvature, curve

    the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface
    roundness

    the property possessed by a line or surface that is curved and not angular
    straightness

    freedom from crooks or curves or bends or angles
    crookedness

    having or distinguished by crooks or curves or bends or angles
    stratification

    a layered configuration
    acuteness

    the quality of having a sharp edge or point
    obtuseness

    the quality of lacking a sharp edge or point
    hollowness

    the property of having a sunken area
    bulginess, roundedness

    the property possessed by a rounded convexity
    coarctation

    (biology) a narrowing or constriction of a vessel or canal; especially a congenital narrowing of the aorta
    taper

    the property possessed by a shape that narrows toward a point (as a wedge or cone)
    oblongness, rectangularity

    the property of being shaped like a rectangle
    triangularity

    the property of being shaped like a triangle
    globosity, globularness, rotundity, rotundness, sphericalness, sphericity

    the roundness of a 3-dimensional object
    cylindricality, cylindricalness

    the roundness of a 3-dimensional cylinder
    circularity, disk shape

    the roundness of a 2-dimensional figure
    curliness, waviness

    (of hair) a tendency to curl
    straightness

    (of hair) lack of a tendency to curl
    bottleneck, chokepoint, constriction

    a narrowing that reduces the flow through a channel
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    spatial property, spatiality

    any property relating to or occupying space

  3. noun

    a feature (or the order or arrangement of features) of anything having a complex structure

    “the
    contours of the melody”
    “it defines a major
    contour of this administration”
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    type of:

    characteristic, feature

    a prominent attribute or aspect of something

  4. verb

    form the contours of

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    types:

    streamline

    contour economically or efficiently
    type of:

    delineate, limn, outline

    trace the shape of

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