hachure

noun
ha·​chure | \ ha-ˈshu̇r How to pronounce hachure (audio) \

Definition of hachure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

hachure

verb
hachured; hachuring

Definition of hachure (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to shade with or show by hachures

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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 (food, such as meat and potatoes) into small pieces," among other meanings, and hatch, meaning "to inlay with narrow bands of distinguishable material" and "to mark (something, such as a drawing or engraving) with fine closely spaced lines."

First Known Use of hachure

Noun

1858, in the meaning defined above

Verb

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hachure

Noun

French, from hacher to chop up, hash

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6 Jan 2022

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“Hachure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hachure. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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