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hachure

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noun ha·chure \ha-ˈshu̇r\

Definition of hachure

  1. :  a short line used for shading and denoting surfaces in relief (as in map drawing) and drawn in the direction of slope



Origin of hachure

French, from hacher to chop up, hash


First Known Use: 1858


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hachure

verb ha·chure

Definition of hachure

hachuredhachuring

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to shade with or show by hachures



Did You Know?

As our example sentence indicates, hachuring is an old map drawing technique that was largely replaced in later years by the use of contour lines, or lines that connect points of similar elevation. The word hachure, which can also be a noun referring to one of the short lines used in hachuring, comes from the French hacher, meaning "to chop up or "hash." This French word is also the source of the verbs "hash," which can mean "to chop (as meat and potatoes) into small pieces," among other meanings, and hatch, meaning "to inlay with narrow bands of distinguishable material and "to mark (as a drawing or engraving) with fine closely spaced lines."

Circa 1859

First Known Use of hachure

circa 1859


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