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contournoun [C]

uk   /ˈkɒn.tɔːr/  us   /ˈkɑːn.tʊr/
the ​shape of a ​mass of ​land or other ​object, ​especiallyitssurface or the ​shapeformed by ​itsouteredge: the ​rugged contour of the ​coast He ​studied the contours of her ​face. Her ​latestcollection of ​swimwearshows off the contours of the ​humanbody to ​perfection.
specialized (also contour line) geography a ​line on a ​map that ​joinspoints of ​equalheight or ​depth, in a way that ​shows high and ​lowareas of ​land: a 400 ft contour ​line This ​map has contours ​marked at 250-metre ​intervals.
(Definition of contour from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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contournoun [C]

 us   /ˈkɑn·tʊər/
the ​shape of a ​mass of ​land or other ​object, esp. of ​itssurface, or the ​shapeformed by ​itsouteredge: the ​distinctive contour of Florida’s ​coast
(Definition of contour from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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