Definición de contour en inglés:


Saltos de línea: con|tour
Pronunciación: /ˈkɒntʊə


  • 1 (usually contours) An outline representing or bounding the shape or form of something: she traced the contours of his face with her finger figurative challenges that have shaped the contours of European integration
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    • There is an almost abstract flavour to his creations - speedy outlines and contours take shape on the canvas as he moves about in a blur.
    • Angles and curves, shapes and contours fascinate young minds.
    • But Rosa's life is also a very modern one, its broad contours shaped by global economic forces and its details modified by individual needs and personal enterprise.
  • 1.1An outline of a natural feature such as a hill: the road climbs steadily, following the contours of the hillside
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    • Go through the gate and take the path which heads west and then northwest following the contours of a small hill.
    • Lesson number two was how easy it is to be led away from your course by old tracks and the natural contours in the land.
    • Before the invention of the fridge, the track, artfully cut into the contours of the hill, was used by muleteers to haul down snow to be stored in a deep pit, which can still be seen.
  • 1.2 short for contour line. below the 1200-ft contour is a belt of limestone
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    • If combined with the airborne laser scanner, the data can be used to develop digital terrain models, contours, intensity images and other elevation representations.
    • In many cases the scale is not given, and in the littorals the bottom depth contours are not identified.
    • Yet the map shows a broad swathe of relatively flat land skirting the foothills of the mountain at the 100ft / 33m contour, and extending up to Bundoran.
  • 1.3A line joining points on a diagram at which some property has the same value: the figure shows contours of 21-cm line emission of atomic hydrogen
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    • A built-in Mathematica algorithm was used to fit contours to a lattice of values calculated by numerical solution of Equation 11 and Equation 12.
    • The contours show that the steepest gradients surround the Earth and Sun, with the five Earth Lagrange Points located in equilibrium regions with relatively gentle gradient.
    • On a map without contours, two communities cut off from one another by an impassable mountain may appear as close neighbours.
  • 2A way in which something varies, especially the pitch of music or the pattern of tones in an utterance.
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    • He wrote with great sympathy and imagination for the voice, imitating the melodic contours and rhythms of speech in what he called ‘speech melody’.
    • Dialogues varying only in their intonation contour (specifically in pitch accent or boundary tone) were presented in a random order to 47 speakers of Midwestern American English.
    • Regardless of the words, it seems the melodic contour of the song describes the nature of the land over which the song passes.


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  • 1Mould into a specific shape, especially one designed to fit into something else: the compartment has been contoured with smooth rounded corners (as adjective contoured) the contoured leather seats
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    • Incidentally, all the car's seats are contoured and similar to those shaped for motor sport, providing all-round support.
    • Surgeons have advanced in technique to shape and contour the deeper facial tissues and resuspend them.
    • Offer quality leather that is highly contoured or very soft to conform to a woman's body.
  • 2Mark (a map or diagram) with contour lines: (as adjective contoured) a huge contoured map
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    • It is important to note that these maps were hand contoured, and contour software packages were not used due to accuracy and availability of data in some units.
    • These spheres are then used to compute a three-dimensional density map which, when contoured, defines the surface of the gap region.
    • A full colour photograph, contoured map and additional facts about the history, geology and wildlife of the area accompany each route.
  • 3(Of a road or railway) follow the outline of (a topographical feature), especially along a contour line: the road contours the hillside
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    • These roads contoured steep slopes above streams, and the aspect measured was that of the prevailing slope.
    • There were level parts contouring along the hillside where I sauntered past brilliant wildflowers or sharply aromatic herbs.
    • The route continued contouring the south coast, the border regions, and the north coast on return to Dili.


mid 17th century: from French, from Italian contorno, from contornare 'draw in outline', from con- 'together'+ tornare 'to turn'.

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