any of a series of short parallel lines used, esp. in map making, to represent a sloping or elevated surface
Origin of hachureFrench from Old French hacher, to chop from hache, ax from Frankish an unverified form hapja, sickle from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)kep- from source shaft, Classical Latin capo, capon, Classical Greek koptein, to chop
transitive verb-·chured′, -·chur′ing
to show by, or shade with, hachures
One of the short lines used on maps to shade or to indicate slopes and their degree and direction.
transitive verbha·chured, ha·chur·ing, ha·chures
To make hatching on (a map).
Origin of hachureFrench from Old French from hacher to crosshatch ; see hatch 3.
- Unlike contour lines, hachures are drawn in the direction of the slope and their thickness and closeness is used to represent the relief with shading. They are no longer used on most modern maps.
From French hachure (“crosshatching”), from hacher (“to hatch”).