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contour

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of contour

  1. a line that traces the outer limits of an object or surface a car with flowing contours Synonyms of contour outline, figure, silhouetteWords Related to contour delineation, sketch; profile, skyline; cast, configuration, conformation, form, geometry, shape; framework, skeleton

Synonym Discussion of contour

outline, contour, profile, silhouette mean the line that bounds and gives form to something. outline applies to a line marking the outer limits or edges of a body or mass.
    • traced the outline of his hand
contour stresses the quality of an outline or a bounding surface as being smooth, jagged, curving, or sharply angled.
    • a car with flowing contours
profile suggests a varied and sharply defined outline against a lighter background.
    • a portrait of her face in profile
silhouette suggests a shape especially of a head or figure with all detail blacked out in shadow leaving only the outline clearly defined.
    • photograph in silhouette against a bright sky


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