relief map


: a map representing topographic relief

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The bumps and ridges formed by the embroidery are like a relief map of a battered woman’s soul. Diane Bernard, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 July 2022 Several of these expeditions were backed by the National Geographic Society, and one resulted in a gorgeous relief map of part of the Saint Elias Mountains on the Alaska-Canada border. Frederick Reimers, Outside Online, 26 Feb. 2019 The Grand Canyon map was the largest and most time-consuming relief map Tóth worked on during his 22 years at National Geographic. Frederick Reimers, Outside Online, 26 Feb. 2019 Her lined face, frail but steady stature, and admirable doggedness are this movie’s relief map of human endurance. Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2021 The courtyard includes 4,300 plants native to Ohio, a paved area with a relief map of Northeast Ohio watersheds and a one-story-high waterfall resembling cascades running over thin layers of shale typical of the region. Steven Litt, cleveland, 12 Dec. 2020 Renovation of the museum’s Smith Environmental Courtyard, which will include a paved area with a relief map of the Cuyahoga River watershed and a one-story-high waterfall, also is slated for completion in December. Julie Washington, cleveland, 12 June 2020 The first-ever relief map of the sea floor was published by Lamont in 1977 from measurements taken in part on the Vema. Richard Schiffman, New York Times, 24 Apr. 2020 The sheets are torn down one by one over the course of the show, revealing tantalizing glimpses of what might be a relief map of Lear’s kingdom underneath. Kerry Reid,, 9 July 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of relief map was in 1831

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“Relief map.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

relief map


: a map or model in which unevenness of surface is shown in relief

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