- manner of formation; structure; form, as of a physical entity.
- symmetrical disposition or arrangement of parts.
- the act or process of conforming; adaptation; adjustment.
- the state of being conformed.
- Chemistry. an atomic spatial arrangement that results from rotation of carbon atoms about single bonds within an organic molecule. (contrasted with configuration).
Origin of conformation
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Related Wordssymmetry, figure, cast, frame, arrangement, anatomy, framework, form, build, formation, configuration, type, structure, outline
Examples from the Web for conformation
Butters comes from a long line of show dogs and has the conformation that could have made him a big winner.Meet Butters, the Christmas Dog Model
December 25, 2013
Upon this conformation much of the delicacy of hearing depends.
How can the vices of conformation be avoided, and beauty secured?
But unhappily, nature made a mistake in our conformation, and, alas!Travels and Adventures of Monsieur Violet
Because his conformation makes him utter nothing but paradoxes.The Bride of the Nile, Complete
He recognized the conformation of the land and knew what was coming.The Motor Boys Overland
- the general shape or outline of an object; configuration
- the arrangement of the parts of an object
- the act or state of conforming
- another name for configuration (def. 3a)
- one of the configurations of a molecule that can easily change its shape and can consequently exist in equilibrium with molecules of different configuration
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Word Origin and History for conformation
1510s, from Latin conformationem (nominative conformatio) "a symmetrical forming," noun of action from past participle stem of conformare (see conform).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- One of the spatial arrangements of atoms in a molecule that can come about through free rotation of the atoms about a single chemical bond.
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