con·​for·​mal | \ kən-ˈfȯr-məl How to pronounce conformal (audio) , (ˌ)kän- \

Definition of conformal

1 : leaving the size of the angle between corresponding curves unchanged conformal transformation
2 of a map : representing small areas in their true shape

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Recent Examples on the Web Related Stories The submarines have some catching up to do and will feature a conformal sonar array that wraps around the hull, providing sound detection in all directions. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Unveils Laika, Its Next-Gen Nuclear Attack Submarine," 24 Feb. 2020 BPZ’s bespoke procedure for exploiting conformal symmetries, shot to fame. Quanta Magazine, "Physicists Uncover Geometric ‘Theory Space’," 23 Feb. 2017 For example, helmets with high-resolution thermal sensors, wearable computers, various kinds of conformal body armor and even many weapons systems are now being built into a range of Ironman-like exoskeletons. Kris Osborn, Fox News, "Army prototypes new self-powering 'Iron Man' soldier suits," 6 June 2018 Then spray the inside of the drill with conformal coating which is made to protect sensitive electronics from harsh elements. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Waterproof Your Cordless Power Tools," 27 Jan. 2016 The F-15E has conformal fuel tanks designed to extend its flying range while retaining the aircraft's aerodynamic qualities. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. F-15 Shoots Down Yet Another Iran-Made Drone," 20 June 2017

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First Known Use of conformal

1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for conformal

Late Latin conformalis having the same shape, from Latin com- + formalis formal, from forma

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The first known use of conformal was in 1893

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“Conformal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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