This condition will soon be remedied as the rings become polished and adapt themselves to the contour of the cylinder.
If ever he praised a limb, a tint, a contour, it was solely from the artistic point of view.
The contour of a peninsula is like the surface of the brain: in both it is convolutions that count.
A scanty growth of whisker did not conceal the contour of his jaw.
It is rare, however, that such a cliff as that represented in Fig. 12 can maintain itself long in such a contour.
The circumference of the crest on the 10,000-foot contour is nearly seven miles.
In other cases the contour of the head appears to be elongated so as to serve for head and trunk.
The head was stuffed to the contour of life, and the paws outspread and perfect.
She was rather tall than otherwise, and the contour of her head and shoulders denoted a girl in the heyday of youth and activity.
The distance between the planes is called the contour interval.
1660s, a term in painting and sculpture, from French contour "circumference, outline," from Italian and Medieval Latin contornare "to go around," from Latin com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + tornare "to turn (on a lathe);" see turn (v.).
First recorded application to topography is from 1769. Earlier the word was used to mean "bedspread, quilt" (early 15c.) in reference to its falling over the sides of the mattress. Related: Contoured. Contour line in geography is from 1844.