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contour map

noun
1.
a topographic map on which the shape of the land surface is shown by contour lines, the relative spacing of the lines indicating the relative slope of the surface.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65
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Examples for contour map
  • The shape of the world pops out easily from laser data because they represent a direct contour map of the surrounding area.
  • The top of this drawing is a contour map showing the hills that are illustrated at the bottom.
  • We delineated watershed boundaries, by hand, on the contour map created from the preeruption digital terrain data.
  • Collected depth data were combined with a shoreline map to create a depth contour map.
Contemporary definitions for contour map
noun

See topographic map

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contour map in Science
contour map  
A map that shows elevations above sea level and surface features of the land by means of contour lines.
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