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:
1835–45

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contour line
 
n
Often shortened to: contour a line on a map or chart joining points of equal height or depth

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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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Example sentences
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.
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