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conform +‎ -al.



conformal (comparative more conformal, superlative most conformal)

  1. That conforms, especially to the shape of something.
    • 1993, S. Webb, The Physics of Three Dimensional Radiation Therapy: Conformal Radiotherapy, Radiosurgery and Treatment Planning, IOP Publishing, page 335:
      Some are realizable in practical computational times; others giving ‘more conformal’ 3D dose distributions take longer and some invoke technology which is not readily available, such as intensity-modulated fields.
    • 2007, Angus Rockett, The Materials Science of Semiconductors, Springer, page 573:
      CVD[Chemical Vapor Deposition] is generally more conformal than physical vapor deposition, meaning that it covers a rough surface relatively uniformly, tracking the morphology rather than resulting in thin, low-quality coatings on vertical walls of the substrate, as is the case for physical vapor deposition methods.
    • 2011, Gregory J. Kubicek; Dwight E. Heron, “Optimizing Treatment Strategies in Recurrent Head and Neck Strategies”, in Dwight E. Heron; Roy B. Tishler, editors, Head and Neck Cancer, Demos Medical Publishing, page 256:
      One method for delivering high doses of radiation to a small area is by using more conformal types of radiotherapy.
  2. (mathematics, of a transformation) That preserves angles between intersecting curves.
    • 1991 [Elsevier Science], Roland Schinzinger, Patricio A. A. Laura, Conformal Mapping: Methods and Applications, 2003, Dover, page 508,
      This would have been tantamount to a conformal transformation.
    • 1999, Malte Henkel, Conformal Invariance and Critical Phenomena, Springer, page 46:
      Let us find all conformal transformations in d dimensions.
    • 2004, Philip L. Bowers; Kenneth Stephenson, Uniformizing Dessins and Bely? Maps Via Circle Packing, American Mathematical Society, page 77:
      In regions of S where the packings become more deeply embedded in purely hexagonal generations during refinement, the local dilatation approaches 1 and the maps become progressively more conformal.
  3. (cartography, of a map projection) That preserves relative angles over small scales, at all but a limited number of distinct points.
    On conformal map projections, the scale depends on location only and not direction.



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