Shape vs. Contour - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Shape

    A shape is the form of an object or its external boundary, outline, or external surface, as opposed to other properties such as color, texture or material composition. Psychologists have theorized that humans mentally break down images into simple geometric shapes called geons. Examples of geons include cones and spheres.

Wiktionary

  • Shape (noun)

    The status or condition of something

    "The used bookshop wouldn't offer much due to the poor shape of the book."

  • Shape (noun)

    Condition of personal health, especially muscular health.

    "The vet checked to see what kind of shape the animal was in."

    "We exercise to keep in good physical shape."

  • Shape (noun)

    The appearance of something, especially its outline.

    "He cut a square shape out of the cake."

    "What shape shall we use for the cookies? Stars, circles, or diamonds?"

  • Shape (noun)

    Form; formation.

  • Shape (noun)

    A rolled or hammered piece, such as a bar, beam, angle iron, etc., having a cross section different from merchant bar.

  • Shape (noun)

    A piece which has been roughly forged nearly to the form it will receive when completely forged or fitted.

  • Shape (noun)

    A mould for making jelly, blancmange etc., or a piece of such food formed moulded into a particular shape.

  • Shape (noun)

    In the Hack programming language, a group of data fields each of which has a name and a data type.

  • Shape (verb)

    To create or make.

    "Earth was shapen by God for God's folk."

  • Shape (verb)

    To give something a shape and definition.

    "Shape the dough into a pretzel."

    "For my art project, I plan to shape my clay lump into a bowl."

  • Shape (verb)

    To form or manipulate something into a certain shape.

  • Shape (verb)

    (of a country, person, etc) To give influence to.

  • Shape (verb)

    To suit; to be adjusted or conformable.

  • Shape (verb)

    To imagine; to conceive.

  • Contour (noun)

    An outline, boundary or border, usually of curved shape.

    "the low drag contour of a modern automobile"

  • Contour (noun)

    A line on a map or chart delineating those points which have the same altitude or other plotted quantity: a contour line or isopleth.

  • Contour (noun)

    a speech sound which behaves as a single segment, but which makes an internal transition from one quality, place, or manner to another.

  • Contour (verb)

    To form a more or less curved boundary or border upon.

  • Contour (verb)

    To mark with contour lines.

Webster Dictionary

  • Shape

    To form or create; especially, to mold or make into a particular form; to give proper form or figure to.

  • Shape

    To adapt to a purpose; to regulate; to adjust; to direct; as, to shape the course of a vessel.

  • Shape

    To imagine; to conceive; to call forth (ideas).

  • Shape

    To design; to prepare; to plan; to arrange.

  • Shape (verb)

    To suit; to be adjusted or conformable.

  • Shape (noun)

    Character or construction of a thing as determining its external appearance; outward aspect; make; figure; form; guise; as, the shape of a tree; the shape of the head; an elegant shape.

  • Shape (noun)

    That which has form or figure; a figure; an appearance; a being.

  • Shape (noun)

    A model; a pattern; a mold.

  • Shape (noun)

    Form of embodiment, as in words; form, as of thought or conception; concrete embodiment or example, as of some quality.

  • Shape (noun)

    Dress for disguise; guise.

  • Shape (noun)

    A rolled or hammered piece, as a bar, beam, angle iron, etc., having a cross section different from merchant bar.

  • Contour (noun)

    The outline of a figure or body, or the line or lines representing such an outline; the line that bounds; periphery.

  • Contour (noun)

    The outline of a horizontal section of the ground, or of works of fortification.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Shape (noun)

    any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline);

    "he could barely make out their shapes through the smoke"

  • Shape (noun)

    the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance;

    "geometry is the mathematical science of shape"

  • Shape (noun)

    alternative names for the body of a human being;

    "Leonardo studied the human body"

    "he has a strong physique"

    "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"

  • Shape (noun)

    a concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept;

    "a circle was the embodiment of his concept of life"

  • Shape (noun)

    the visual appearance of something or someone;

    "the delicate cast of his features"

  • Shape (noun)

    the state of (good) health (especially in the phrases `in condition' or `in shape' or `out of condition' or `out of shape')

  • Shape (noun)

    the supremem headquarters that advises NATO on military matters and oversees all aspects of the Allied Command Europe

  • Shape (noun)

    a perceptual structure;

    "the composition presents problems for students of musical form"

    "a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them"

  • Shape (verb)

    shape or influence; give direction to;

    "experience often determines ability"

    "mold public opinion"

  • Shape (verb)

    make something, usually for a specific function;

    "She molded the riceballs carefully"

    "Form cylinders from the dough"

    "shape a figure"

    "Work the metal into a sword"

  • Shape (verb)

    give a shape or form to;

    "shape the dough"

  • Contour (noun)

    a line drawn on a map connecting points of equal height

  • Contour (noun)

    any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline);

    "he could barely make out their shapes through the smoke"

  • Contour (noun)

    a feature (or the order or arrangement of features) of anything having a complex structure;

    "the contours of the melody"

    "it defines a major contour of this administration"

  • Contour (verb)

    form the contours of

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