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[kuh n-fawr-muh l]
  1. of, relating to, or noting a map or transformation in which angles and scale are preserved.
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Origin of conformal

First recorded in 1640–50, conformal is from the Late Latin word confōrmālis of the same shape. See con-, formal1
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Historical Examples of conformal

  • As another illustration we may take the conformal representation of an equilateral triangle upon a half plane.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 3


  • Such surfaces are capable of a conformal representation on a plane, by which geodesics are represented by straight lines.

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
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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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