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[kuh n-fawr-muh l] /kənˈfɔr məl/
of, relating to, or noting a map or transformation in which angles and scale are preserved.
Origin of conformal
1640-50; < Late Latin confōrmālis of the same shape. See con-, formal1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for conformal
  • For example, conformal maps show true shapes of small areas but distort size.
  • Boards are conformal coated and carefully inspected.
  • As a mathematician you should be aware of the existence of non-conformal transformations.
  • 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.
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
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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