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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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