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English noun: contour

1. contour (communication) a line drawn on a map connecting points of equal height

Synonymscontour line

Broader (hypernym)isometric, isometric line

Narrower (hyponym)thalweg

2. contour (attribute) any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)

SamplesHe could barely make out their shapes.

Synonymsconfiguration, conformation, form, shape

Broader (hypernym)spatial property, spatiality

Narrower (hyponym)angularity, bluntness, concaveness, concavity, convexity, convexness, crookedness, curvature, curve, dullness, keenness, lobularity, narrowing, roundness, sharpness, straightness, stratification, topography

Attributecrooked, straight

3. contour (cognition) a feature (or the order or arrangement of features) of anything having a complex structure

SamplesThe contours of the melody.
It defines a major contour of this administration.

Broader (hypernym)characteristic, feature

English verb: contour

1. contour (creation) form the contours of

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)delineate, limn, outline

Narrower (hyponym)streamline

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