conformal

adjective
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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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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