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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Although a late developer, it began to take on the size and conformation of an excellent Clydesdale stallion.
▪ I had brought four young people who I was preparing for conformation.
▪ It locates the conformation of least energy or a user-specified number of low energy conformations.
▪ Steers and heifers make good beef and the conformation could be described as a dairy type with extra flesh.
▪ The conformation should reflect the breed's dual-purpose nature, and quality is more important than size.
▪ The alternative conformation extends away from the molecule, stabilized by crystal contacts.
▪ The surface microenvironment could not only influence initial immobilisation and orientation, but also antibody conformation and effectiveness.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Conformation \Con`for*ma"tion\, n. [L. conformatio: cf. F. conformation.]

  1. The act of conforming; the act of producing conformity.

    The conformation of our hearts and lives to the duties of true religion and morality.
    --I. Watts.

  2. The state of being conformed; agreement; hence; structure, as depending on the arrangement of parts; form; arrangement.

    In Hebrew poetry, there may be observed a certain conformation of the sentences.

    A structure and conformation of the earth.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1510s, from Latin conformationem (nominative conformatio) "a symmetrical forming," noun of action from past participle stem of conformare (see conform).


n. 1 The act of conforming; the act of producing conformity. 2 The state of being conformed; agreement; hence; structure, as depending on the arrangement of parts; form; arrangement. 3 (context chemistry English) The spatial arrangement of the atoms in a molecule as a result of rotation about a single bond

  1. n. a symmetrical arrangement of the parts of a thing

  2. any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline); "he could barely make out their shapes through the smoke" [syn: shape, form, configuration, contour]

  3. acting according to certain accepted standards [syn: conformity, compliance, abidance] [ant: disobedience, nonconformity]


Conformation generally means structural arrangement and may refer to:

  • Conformational isomerism, a form of stereoisomerism in chemistry
    • Carbohydrate conformation
    • Cyclohexane conformation
    • Protein conformation
    • Conformation activity relationship between the biological activity and the conformation or conformational changes of a biomolecule
Conformation (dog)

Conformation in dogs refers solely to the externally visible details of a dog's structure and appearance, as defined in detail by each dog breed's written breed standard. A dog that conforms to most of the items of description in its individual breed standard is said to have good conformation. Unlike equine conformation, there are no fixed rules for dog conformation, as dogs are the most variable in appearance of any animals ("Phenotypic variation among dog breeds, whether it be in size, shape, or behavior, is greater than for any other animal"). Instead, conformation in dogs is based on the dog type from which the breed developed, along with many details that have been added to the breed standard for purposes of differentiation from other breeds, for working reasons, or for enhancing the beauty of the animals from the viewpoint of the fanciers who wrote the breed standards.

Usage examples of "conformation".

I could not imagine a more graceful curve than that of the os femoris, and there was just that due gentle prominence in the rear of the fibula which goes to the conformation of a properly proportioned calf.

The older observers thought this woman must have had two orifices to her womb, one of which had some connection with the stomach, as they had records of the dissection of a female in whom was found a conformation similar to this.

I shall have to take for granted that you are acquainted with the physical conformation of a man.

In the case of clay and the cell wall, I imagine it took in the neighborhood of two hundred million years to get the conformation on-line, what you call life.

The huge folded legs begin to move about, changing conformation, unfolding into a crane that is half metal, half forcelines.

Where he could find no gifts of either stance or conformation to warrant his young breeder's confidence John Grady would likely defer to his judgment.

We were sitting down at a table very near each other, with our backs to the door of the room in which we thought our patron fast asleep, and somehow or other we took a fancy to examine into the difference of conformation between a girl and a boy.

I saw that this Adonis had been richly dowered by nature, and I told him that with such a physical conformation he had no need of emptying his father's purse to travel, and before long he took my advice.

I should be very glad, but you must allow me to speak plainly, and I shall have to take for granted that you are acquainted with the physical conformation of a man.

Baletti answered that he would be happy to do anything, and when he had examined the figure and the general conformation of the young girl he said to her, "I will get Lani to take you for the ballet at the opera.

Since then, Sannel had used her ability in drawing, tasking her with registering all the marks and conformations of their various breedings, and taking her everywhere he went.

A wig pushed to the back of his head displayed a brick-colored cranium of ominous conformation.

Also, the conformation of the walls had changed: on either hand there were high shelves of metallic stone and columnated recesses which the flashed rays of the torches could not always fathom.

A meteorologist might have told her that the conformation of the east coast, combined with this world's equivalent of the Bermuda High, the size and circulation of the Southern Sea, and orographic effects of the Great Eastern Mountains, combined to produce high and fairly constant runoffs from its extensive watershed.

His coat was scarred by teeth and by hooves from his many battles with other stallions, too many for him to be called beautiful, but his conformation was perfect, he had a fine arch to his neck, delicate flaring nostrils that spoke of Arab blood, and eyes that spoke of intelligence.