Our tie strengthened and sustained us in our zest for a world so coloured and contoured.
Stillwell commenced a contoured plane-table survey of the neighbourhood of Winter Quarters.
In all maps that are to be contoured some plane, called the datum plane, must be used to which all contours are referred.
How teeth may best be contoured involves nice questions in geometry.
The grinding tools he employs he has contoured in such wise as to produce desired curves free from error.
To ensure the utmost strength in the machines themselves they are contoured in ample curves.
The scientific value of these contoured maps is fully recognized.
contoured: An irregular but smoothly undulating surface, resembling the surface of a relief map.
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.