re·​con·​tour (ˌ)rē-ˈkän-ˌtu̇r How to pronounce recontour (audio)
recontoured; recontouring; recontours

transitive verb

: to reshape the contour of (something)
The steep face of the pile, which had been nearly vertical before the collapse, has been recontoured to a more stable 40 degrees …Matthew Power
… I did backward leg raises while I washed the dishes, in hopes of recontouring my butt.Mary Roach

Examples of recontour in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In July, Murphy secured $688,000 in a U.S. House funding bill to help remove sediment, recontour the river and replant the surrounding basin with beneficial native plants. Martin E. Comas,, 11 Aug. 2021 Like Gross said, look for treatments that contain retinol-like ingredients, vitamin C, and peptides, which all work to rebuild collagen and elastic to recontour the neck. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, 31 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of recontour was in 1913

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“Recontour.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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