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Causing conflagration.

CON-FLA'TION, n. [L. conflatio, from conflo; con and flo, to blow. See Blow.]

  1. The act of blowing two or more instruments together. – Bacon.
  2. A melting or casting of metal. [Little used.]


A bending. [Not used.]

CON'FLICT, n. [L. conflictus, from confligo; con and fligo, to strike, Eng. to flog, to lick; Sp. conflicto; It. conflitto; Fr. conflit.]

  1. A striking or dashing against each other, as of two moving bodies in opposition; violent collision of substances; as, a conflict of elements, or waves; a conflict of particles in ebullition.
  2. A fighting; combat; as between men, and applicable to individuals or to armies; as, the conflict was long and desperate.
  3. Contention; strife; contest. In our last conflict, four of his five wits went halting off. – Shak.
  4. A struggling with difficulties; a striving to oppose, or overcome; as, the good man has a perpetual conflict with his evil propensities.
  5. A, struggling of the mind; distress; anxiety. – Col. ii.
  6. The last struggle of life; agony; as, the conflict with death. – Thomson.
  7. Opposing operations; countervailing action; collision; opposition. In exercising the right of freemen, the man of religion experiences no conflict between his duty and his inclination. – J. Appleton.

CON-FLICT', v.i.

  1. To strike or dash against; to meet and oppose, as bodies driven by violence; as, conflicting waves or elements.
  2. To drive or strike against, as contending men, or armies; to fight; to contend with violence; as, conflicting armies.
  3. To strive or struggle to resist and overcome; as, men conflicting with difficulties.
  4. To be in opposition or contradictory. The laws of the United States and of the individual States, may, in some cases, conflict with each other. – Ogden, Wheaton's Rep.


  1. Striking or dashing together; fighting; contending; struggling to resist and overcome.
  2. adj. Being in opposition; contrary; contradictory. In the absence of all conflicting evidence. – Story.


Tending to conflict.

CON'FLUENCE, n. [L. confluentia; from confluo; con and fluo, to flow. See Flow.]

  1. A flowing together; the meeting or junction of two or more streams of water, or other fluid; also, the place of meeting; as the confluence of the Tigris and the Frat, or of the Ohio and Mississippi.
  2. The running together of people; the act of meeting and crowding in a place; a crowd; a concourse; the latter word is more generally used. – Temple. Shak.
  3. A collection; meeting; assemblage. – Boyle.

CON'FLU-ENT, a. [L. confluens.]

  1. Flowing together; meeting in their course, as two streams; as, confluent streams. – Blackmore.
  2. In medical science, running together, and spreading over a large surface of the body; as, the confluent small-pox. – Encyc.
  3. In botany, united at the base; growing in tufts, as confluent leaves; running into each other, as confluent lobes. – Martyn.

CON'FLUX, n. [Low L. confluxio, from confluo. See Confluence.]

  1. A flowing together; a meeting of two or more currents of a fluid. – Shak.
  2. A collection; a crowd; a multitude collected; as, a general conflux of people. – Clarendon.


The tendency of fluids to run together. [Little used.] – Boyle.

CON-FORM', a. [L. conformis; con and forma, form.]

Made to resemble; assuming the same form; like; resembling. [Little used.] – Bacon.

CON-FORM', v.i.

  1. To comply with or yield to; to live or act according to; as, to conform to the fashion or to custom.
  2. To comply with; to obey; as, to conform to the laws of the state.

CON-FORM', v.t. [L. conformo; con and formo, to form, or shape, from forma, form.]

  1. To make like, in external appearance; to reduce to a like shape, or form, with something else; with to; as, to conform any thing to a model.
  2. More generally, to reduce to a likeness or correspondence in manners, opinions or moral qualities. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his son. – Rom. viii. Be not conformed to this world. – Rom. xii.
  3. To make agreeable to; to square with a rule or directory. Demand of them why they conform not themselves to the order of the church? – Hooker.


  1. Correspondent; having the same or similar external form, or shape; like; resembling; as, an edifice conformable to a model or draft.
  2. Having the same or similar manners, opinions or moral qualities. The Gentiles were not made conformable to the Jews, in that which was to cease at the coming of Christ. – Hooker.
  3. Agreeable; suitable; consistent; as, nature is conformable to herself. – Newton.
  4. Compliant; ready to follow directions; submissive; obsequious; peaceable; disposed to obey. I have been to you a true and humble wife, / At all time to your will conformable. – Shak.
  5. In mineralogy, reposing in parallel strata upon each other. – Mantell. It is generally followed by to, but good writers have used with. In its etymological sense, that may be conformed, capable of being conformed, it seems not to be used.


With or in conformity; suitably; agreeably; as, let us settle, in our own minds, what rules to pursue, and act conformably.


  1. The manner in which a body is formed; the particular texture or structure of a body, or disposition of the parts which compose it; form; structure; often with relation to some other body, and with adaptation to some purpose or effect. Light of different colors is reflected from bodies, according to their different conformation. Varieties of sound depend on the conformation of the organs.
  2. The act of conforming; the act of producing suitableness, or conformity; with to; as, the conformation of our hearts and lives to the duties of true religion. – Watts.
  3. In medical science, the particular make or construction of the body peculiar to an individual; as, a good or bad conformation. – Encyc.


Made to resemble; reduced to a likeness of; made agreeable to; suited.


One who conforms; one who complies with established forms or doctrines.


Reducing to a likeness; adapting; complying with.


One who conforms or complies; appropriately, one who complies with the worship of the church of England or of the established church, as distinguished from a dissenter, or nonconformist.


  1. Likeness; correspondence with a model in form or manner; resemblance; agreement; congruity with something else; followed by to or with. A ship is constructed in conformity to a model, or in conformity with a model. True happiness consists in conformity of life to the divine law.
  2. Consistency; agreement. Many instances prove the conformity of the essay with the notions of Hippocrates. – Arbuthnot.
  3. In theology, correspondence in manners and principles; compliance with customs. Live not in conformity with the world. – Anon.

CON-FOR-TA'TION, n. [See Comfort.]

The act of comforting or giving strength. [Not used.] – Bacon.

CON-FOUND', v.t. [Fr. confondre; L. confundo; con and fundo, to pour out; It. confondere; Sp. and Port. confundir. Literally, to pour or throw together.]

  1. To mingle and blend different things, so that their forms or natures can not be distinguished; to mix in a mass or crowd, so that individuals can not be distinguished.
  2. To throw into disorder. Let us go down, and there confound their language. Gen. xi.
  3. To mix or blend, so as to occasion a mistake of one thing for another; as, men may confound ideas with words. A fluid body and a wetting liquor, because they agree in many things, are wont to be confounded. – Boyle.
  4. To perplex; to disturb the apprehension by indistinctness of ideas or words. Men may confound each other by unintelligible terms or wrong application of words.
  5. To abash; to throw the mind into disorder; to cast down; to make ashamed. Be thou confounded and bear thy shame. Ezek. xvi. Saul confounded the Jews at Damascus. Acts ix.
  6. To perplex with terror; to terrify; to dismay; to astonish; to throw into consternation; to stupefy with amazement. So spoke the Son of God; and Satan stood / A while as mute, confounded what to say. – Milton. The multitude came together and were confounded. – Acts ii.
  7. To destroy; to overthrow. So deep a malice to confound the race / Of mankind in one root. – Milton.


  1. Mixed or blended in disorder; perplexed; abashed; dismayed; put to shame and silence; astonished.
  2. adj. Enormous; as, a confounded tory. [Vulgar.]