form-, -form, forma-, format-

(Latin: shape, structure, figure, outer appearance, composition, to compose; visual appearance; spacial arrangement; to develop or to acquire; to produce)

claviform (adjective)
Related to something that is shaped like a club with the end that is away from the handle being thicker.
Formed like a snail-shell.
Shaped like one half of a bivalve shell; shell-shaped; conchate.
conform (verb), conforms; conformed; conforming
1. To comply with rules, standards, or laws: The changes were introduced by the governor to conform with the ordinances of the state.
2. To behave according to socially acceptable conventions or standards: When going to a foreign country like Morocco, it is a good idea to conform to the local custom of clothing and to wear something modest.
3. To be similar in form or type; to agree: The steps leading from the first floor to the third floor had to conform in height, so as not to cause accidents for the people living there.
4. Etymology: from Latin conformare, "to fashion, to form, to shape; to educate; to modify";
from com-, "together" + formare, "to form".
To act or to be in accord or agreement and to comply with the situation.
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conformability (s) (noun), conformabilities (pl)
1. The situation of two sets of strata being parallel and in contact to each other: Janet read in her book that conformability is used especially in regards to natural geological layers, as with a layer of Algonkian limestones lying parallel on a layer of Cretaceous shales.
2. The state of being inclined or willing to agree or abide by: The conformability of the employees at the firm all liked Mr. Smith, their employer, and consented to doing the reasonable jobs at hand.
conformable (adjective)
Shaped like, or in the form of, a heart.

Inter-related cross references, directly or indirectly, involving word units dealing with "form, shape, appearance": eido-; figur-; icono-; ideo-; imag-; morpho-; -oid; typo-.