conformation

Conformation can mean following the rules, or fitting in. Competitions require conformation from competitors who must follow the rules of the game. You might note water's conformation to the shape of whatever container that holds it.

Conformation has its base in the word conform, which means to follow the rules, or behave in such a way that you fit in, in a social or a spatial way (i.e. adjusting to something else's contours). Conformation should not be confused with confirmation, which means showing the truth or accuracy of something. The two words do have similar religious meanings though. Conformation refers to complying with the rules of a church, while confirmation means a person's full entry into the Christian belief.

Primary Meanings of conformation

1.
n
acting according to certain accepted standards
2.
n
any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)
Full Definitions of conformation
1

n acting according to certain accepted standards

Synonyms:
abidance, compliance, conformity
Antonyms:
disobedience, noncompliance
the failure to obey
nonconformance, nonconformity
failure to conform to accepted standards of behavior
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Types:
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formality
compliance with formal rules
line
acting in conformity
honoring, observance
conformity with law or custom or practice etc.
keeping
conformity or harmony
punctilio
strict observance of formalities
Type of:
cooperation
joint operation or action
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n any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)

Synonyms:
configuration, contour, form, shape
Types:
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keenness, sharpness
thinness of edge or fineness of point
bluntness, dullness
without sharpness or clearness of edge or point
topography
the configuration of a surface and the relations among its man-made and natural features
lobularity
the property of having lobules
concaveness, concavity
the property possessed by a concave shape
convexity, convexness
the property possessed by a convex shape
angularity
the property possessed by a shape that has angles
narrowing
an instance of becoming narrow
curvature, curve
the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface
roundness
the property possessed by a line or surface that is curved and not angular
straightness
freedom from crooks or curves or bends or angles
crookedness
having or distinguished by crooks or curves or bends or angles
stratification
a layered configuration
acuteness
the quality of having a sharp edge or point
obtuseness
the quality of lacking a sharp edge or point
hollowness
the property of having a sunken area
bulginess, roundedness
the property possessed by a rounded convexity
coarctation
(biology) a narrowing or constriction of a vessel or canal; especially a congenital narrowing of the aorta
taper
the property possessed by a shape that narrows toward a point (as a wedge or cone)
oblongness, rectangularity
the property of being shaped like a rectangle
triangularity
the property of being shaped like a triangle
globosity, globularness, rotundity, rotundness, sphericalness, sphericity
the roundness of a 3-dimensional object
cylindricality, cylindricalness
the roundness of a 3-dimensional cylinder
circularity, disk shape
the roundness of a 2-dimensional figure
curliness, waviness
(of hair) a tendency to curl
straightness
(of hair) lack of a tendency to curl
bottleneck, chokepoint, constriction
a narrowing that reduces the flow through a channel
Type of:
spatial property, spatiality
any property relating to or occupying space

n a symmetrical arrangement of the parts of a thing

Type of:
balance, counterbalance, equilibrium, equipoise
equality of distribution

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