conformation

Part of speech: noun

General structure, form, or outline.

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Usage examples "conformation":

  1. Our American ladies are sometimes a little lacking in cordiality of manner, often receiving a new acquaintance with that part of their conformation which is known as the " cold shoulder." - "Manners and Social Usages", Mrs. John M. E. W. Sherwood.
  2. Either of our own spread over and completely hid them; and this was interesting from the fact that we had ourselves remarked, and heard remarked by others, the smallness of the hands and feet as a striking feature in the physical conformation of the Indians at the present day. - "Incidents of Travel in Yucatan, Vol. I.", John L. Stephens.
  3. They usually dwelt together on a sort of consecrated ground, set apart for their special accommodation, and which was as unlike the rest of the valley, as the valley itself was unlike the ordinary conformation of the earth. - "Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 3 (of 3)", James Athearn Jones.