contour lines

LeaM

Senior Member
English - U.S.
Hi! I'm working on a document that's about art.

What are contour lines?
Contornos? Or líneas de contorno?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
 
  • Adolfo Afogutu

    Senior Member
    Español
    Hi,
    contour
    1.a. The outline of a figure, body, or mass.b. A line that represents such an outline.
    3. A contour line.

    "Contour Lines": It's kind of redundant, isn't it? I think the same happens in Spanish with "líneas de contorno".

    contorno
    2. m. Conjunto de las líneas que limitan una figura o composición.
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    Saludos
     

    LeaM

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    Adolfo Afogutu,

    ¿Cómo es qué no se me occurió buscar en el RAE?!

    Muchas gracias por su aportación.:)

    Saludos.
     

    SydLexia

    Senior Member
    UK English
    It's not in the context of art but 'contour lines' are used on maps to indicate height and thus give an indication of relief ('relieve'). They are identical in concept to the 'isobar lines' on weather maps used to indicate atmospheric pressure.

    Don't know if this really helps - but it might explain why the words 'contour' and 'lines' collocate well in English.

    syd
     

    LeaM

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    Gracias por su aportación. Nos piden traducciones sobre diversos temas y estoy segura que su comentario me servirá en el futuro.
     

    cylentj

    Senior Member
    Español/English/Català
    I am not sure if this has been answered in the above posts, si here goes my 5c.
    En relación a la Topografía
    Contour Lines = Curvas de Nivel
     
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