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contour line

noun
1.
a line joining points of equal elevation on a surface.
2.
the representation of such a line on a map.
3.
Mathematics. a line parallel to a trace.
Compare trace1 (def 11).
Also called contour, level curve, level line.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45
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Examples from the web for contour line
  • Your land may be steep or irregular enough that you have more than one key contour line.
  • Trees along this line are felled on the upstream side of the contour line as much as possible.
  • Any point on a contour line is the same elevation as all the other points on the same line.
  • Think of a contour line as an imaginary line on the ground that takes any path necessary to maintain constant elevation.
  • Point out that a contour line joins points of equal elevation.
British Dictionary definitions for contour line

contour line

noun
1.
a line on a map or chart joining points of equal height or depth Often shortened to contour
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contour line in Science
contour line
  (kŏn'tr')   

A line on a map joining points of equal elevation above a given level, usually mean sea level. ◇ The change in elevation between one contour line and the next is the contour interval.
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