conformal

[kuhn-fawr-muhl]
adjective
of, pertaining to, or noting a map or transformation in which angles and scale are preserved.

Origin:
1640–50; < Late Latin confōrmālis of the same shape. See con-, formal1

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conformal (kənˈfɔːməl)
 
adj
1.  maths
 a.  (of a transformation) preserving the angles of the depicted surface
 b.  (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
 
[C17: from Late Latin conformālis having the same shape, from Latin com- same + forma shape]

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conformal   (kən-fôr'məl)  Pronunciation Key 
  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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For example, conformal maps show true shapes of small areas but distort size.
Boards are conformal coated and carefully inspected.
Infinite conformal symmetry in two-dimensional quantum field theory.
Sizes of areas are distorted on conformal maps even though shapes of small areas are shown correctly.
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