By STEVEN LEE MYERS
In many parts of Iraq, the contours of an American exit strategy have taken clearer shape than at any time before.
Once more, before the reign was over, it flamed up, embodied in a single individual Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex. The flame was glorious radiant with the colours of antique knighthood and the flashing gallantries of the past; but no substance fed it; flaring wildly, it tossed to and fro in the wind; it was suddenly put out. In the history of Essex, so perplexed in its issues, so desperate in its perturbations, so dreadful in its conclusion, the spectral agony of an abolished world is discernible through the tragic lineaments of a personal disaster.
"QUEEN ELIZABETH AND ESSEX A TRAGIC HISTORY"STRACHEY, Lytton
Definitioncontour Hide phonetics
the shape of a mass of land or other object, especially its surface or the shape formed by its outer edge:
the rugged contour of the coast
He studied the contours of her face.
Her latest collection of swimwear shows off the contours of the human body to perfection.
colours UK, US colors Show phonetics
1 (at school, college or university) an honour given to people who have been chosen for a sports team, which is often represented by a special symbol on a shirt or tie:
She was awarded her colours for hockey/her hockey colours at the end of term.
2 the official flag of a country, ship or military group:
The military parade passed through the streets, with each regiment proudly displaying its regimental colours.
（pl.） 国［軍］旗, 船［艦］旗; 国旗掲揚［降下］式; （pl.） 軍隊; （pl.） （身分・所属を表す）色リボン［バッジ，服］など;
- A distinctive shape, contour, or line, especially of the face.
- A definitive or characteristic feature. Often used in the plural: “the gross and subtle folds of corruption on the average senatorial face are hardly the lineaments of virtue” (Norman Mailer).
[Middle English liniament, from Latin līneāmentum, from līnea, line. See line1.]━━ n. （普通pl.） 容貌, 目鼻だち; 体つき; 特徴.