[kuh n-fawr-muh l]


of, relating to, or noting a map or transformation in which angles and scale are preserved.

Nearby words

  1. confluent and reticulate papillomatosis,
  2. confocal,
  3. confocal microscope,
  4. conform,
  5. conformable,
  6. conformal projection,
  7. conformance,
  8. conformation,
  9. conformational analysis,
  10. conformism

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for conformal



  1. (of a transformation) preserving the angles of the depicted surface
  2. (of a parameter) relating to such a transformation
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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Science definitions for conformal



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