[kuh n-fawr-muh l]

Origin of conformal

First recorded in 1640–50, conformal is from the Late Latin word confōrmālis of the same shape. See con-, formal1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for conformal


  1. maths
    1. (of a transformation) preserving the angles of the depicted surface
    2. (of a parameter) relating to such a transformation
  2. Also called: orthomorphic (of a map projection) maintaining true shape over a small area and scale in every direction

Word Origin for conformal

C17: from Late Latin conformālis having the same shape, from Latin com- same + forma shape
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conformal in Science


  1. Relating to the mapping of a surface or region onto another surface so that all angles between intersecting curves remain unchanged.
  2. Relating to a map projection in which small areas are rendered with true shape.
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