Definition of hachures in English:


Line breaks: hach|ures
Pronunciation: /haˈʃjʊəz


  • Parallel lines used in hill-shading on maps, their closeness indicating steepness of gradient.
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    • For example, British cartographers favoured showing height by means of contour lines while the French preferred hachures.
    • In the background hachures and shading are used to represent the value of the current velocity.
    • You may be able to work around the problem by turning off the hachures for all contours except the innermost closed contour.



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  • If you look at G-H and E-F you can see that this is true for both hachured and unhachured contours!
  • The final upper hachured triangle is filled in completely and is probably a painting mistake.
  • This map of a portion of Honduras includes a trail, rivers and streams, settlements, and hachured relief.


mid 19th century: from French, from hacher (see hatch3).

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