contour line

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n contour line a line drawn on a map connecting points of equal height
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Contour line (Topographical Suv) the line in which a horizontal plane intersects a portion of ground, or the corresponding line in a map or chart.
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Usage

In literature:

The contour of her face was admirable: nothing could exceed in beauty the lines of her cheeks or the shape and softness of her chin.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
An excellent idea of what is meant by contours and contour-lines can be gotten from Figs.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
There were no lines, nothing lost, nothing hardened in contour.
"Athalie" by Robert W. Chambers
The lines which are produced by course of time upon hill contours are mainly divisible into four systems.
"Modern Painters, Volume IV (of V)" by John Ruskin
Yet all are imposing to a degree, and exhibit an excellent contour against the sky-line.
"In the Border Country" by W. S. (William Shillinglaw) Crockett
The keel-blocks have been set to meet the general lines of the vessels, with only a marginal allowance for the contour of damaged plating.
"Merchantmen-at-Arms" by David W. Bone
Yes, there were faint lines around her mouth and under her eyes, and the contour of her cheek was not as girlish as it had been a month ago.
"Clover and Blue Grass" by Eliza Calvert Hall
Vice may sometimes write itself in lines and changes of contour, but that is all.
"Miscellaneous Aphorisms; The Soul of Man" by Oscar Wilde
The undulating line shows the contour of the surface, and the shading lines the veins.
"The Glaciers of the Alps" by John Tyndall
The distortion of the cross-sections into curved surfaces is shown graphically by drawing the contour lines (w = const.).
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 2" by Various
Contours resemble the lines shown in figure 4 (p. 259).
"Manual for Noncommissioned Officers and Privates of Cavalry of the Army" by U. S. War Department
But in reality, most all facial expression is simply a change in the contour of lines.
"The Strength of the Pines" by Edison Marshall
Or we may delineate a series of contour lines, i.e.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 6" by Various
Each contour line connects points of the same elevation, and the figures upon them give the heights above sea level.
"The Geography of the Region about Devils Lake and the Dalles of the Wisconsin" by Rollin D. Salisbury
Look at the line of the mouth and chin; see the mild gentlemanlike contour.
"Checkmate" by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
It is unrivaled in elegance, for every line of its contour is a study in grace.
"The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits" by Mary Elizabeth Parsons
I map out the contour lines of physiological reaction with its heights and depths of excitation.
"Life Movements in Plants, Volume II, 1919" by Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
Of course, if the country has a sharp contour, the ordinary difficulties of line-construction multiply very rapidly.
"The Modern Railroad" by Edward Hungerford
It follows the 600-feet contour-line and winds therefore exactly round the outline of the hill.
"The Old Road" by Hilaire Belloc
I found myself examining every line and turn and contour of the prettily-poised head.
"The Price of Power" by William Le Queux
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In news:

The lines of constant elevation are the contours .
A line joining two adjacent nodes in the grid) which must be crossed by one of the contours because some contour value lies between the values of z at the nodes.
Mondeo production began at the Genk plant in Belgium 18 months before Contours and Mystiques began to roll off the Kansas City, Kansas, assembly line for the '95 model year.
Officially it was designated Hill 255, but its contour lines on a map of Korea and a 1959 film made it world famous as Pork Chop Hill.
Neither contour lines nor 'panoramic' representations do justice to the sheer exuberant topography of South Tyrol , writes Ben Ross.
Nourison's Contours line is constructed of polypropylene and acrylic.
The JS8000 fiber cement shear cuts straight and contour lines quickly and quietly with minimal dust.
The squiggle on the map looks interesting-a road that, judging by the tightly packed contour lines, loops off Utah's Route 12 into some of the wilder parts of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
Ergonomically shaped for comfort, the fire-resistant line has a contoured back and seat.
A diagram using contour lines to connect the elevation of similar depth points in a formation.
Even on my USGS topographic map, the contour lines advanced steadily and didn't look too close together.
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In science:

Where the ratio of time delay to image separation is small, the density of contour lines will be small, therefore the corresponding segment of the ring will be brighter.
Beware the Non-uniqueness of Einstein Rings
We shall also denote as γΓ (G) the match contour-line, whose points represent the set of waveforms h such that M (h, g ) = Γ, and as SΓ (G) the 2D-region bounded by γΓ (G), representing the set of waveforms h such that M (h, g ) ≥ Γ.
Optimum Placement of Post-1PN GW Chirp Templates Made Simple at any Match Level via Tanaka-Tagoshi Coordinates
The simplest rectangular-cell templatelattice is chosen, and the span of template Gi (i.e., the set of points representing waveforms for which M (h, gi ) > M (h, gj ), ∀j 6= i) is accordingly taken as the largest rectangle inscribed in the minimal-match contour-line γΓ (Gi ).
Optimum Placement of Post-1PN GW Chirp Templates Made Simple at any Match Level via Tanaka-Tagoshi Coordinates
As a result Σ is covered with a set of patches, each of which is a stack of equal-width rectangles, whose height changes according to the shear/stretch of the elliptical γΓ contour-lines.
Optimum Placement of Post-1PN GW Chirp Templates Made Simple at any Match Level via Tanaka-Tagoshi Coordinates
In Sect. 2 the Tanaka-Tagoshi parametrization and its relevant properties, including the main features of the match contour-lines, are briefly introduced.
Optimum Placement of Post-1PN GW Chirp Templates Made Simple at any Match Level via Tanaka-Tagoshi Coordinates
The match contour-lines γΓ ( ˜G) in the (dimensionless) Tanaka-Tagoshi (spin-free) waveform parameter-space coordinates (x1 , x2 ) have different geometrical features, depending on the value of Γ.
Optimum Placement of Post-1PN GW Chirp Templates Made Simple at any Match Level via Tanaka-Tagoshi Coordinates
In a range Γ∗ ≤ Γ < 1, the contour-lines γΓ deviate from circular, but still remain global ly convex.
Optimum Placement of Post-1PN GW Chirp Templates Made Simple at any Match Level via Tanaka-Tagoshi Coordinates
For Γ < Γ∗ , the γΓ contour-lines are no longer global ly convex.
Optimum Placement of Post-1PN GW Chirp Templates Made Simple at any Match Level via Tanaka-Tagoshi Coordinates
However, the match contour-lines being no longer globally convex, the largest-area triangle inscribed in γΓ does not necessarily cope with eq. (2.2), as e.g. exemplified in Fig. 4.
Optimum Placement of Post-1PN GW Chirp Templates Made Simple at any Match Level via Tanaka-Tagoshi Coordinates
Fig 1 - Match contour-lines in Tanaka-Tagoshi coordinates.
Optimum Placement of Post-1PN GW Chirp Templates Made Simple at any Match Level via Tanaka-Tagoshi Coordinates
Fig. 1 - Match contour-lines in Tanaka-Tagoshi coordinates. gr of Gg vs. polar angle f (Ligo-I, 2.5 PN).
Optimum Placement of Post-1PN GW Chirp Templates Made Simple at any Match Level via Tanaka-Tagoshi Coordinates
It is fertile if and only if its contour path is a fracture line of D.
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
Proof We first prove that the contour path of a fertile sub-domain F is a fracture line in D.
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
Conversely, we prove that a pre-fertile sub-domain whose contour path is a fracture line in D is fertile.
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
Proposition 5.12 Let F be a sub-domain of D, delimited by a fracture line L, such that at least one of its vertices is not on its contour path.
An algorithm to generate exactly once every tiling with lozenges of a domain
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