- flattened at the poles, as a spheroid generated by the revolution of an ellipse about its shorter axis (opposed to prolate).
Origin of oblate1
- a person offered to the service of and living in a monastery, but not under monastic vows or full monastic rule.
- a lay member of any of various Roman Catholic societies devoted to special religious work.
Origin of oblate2
Examples from the Web for oblate
"Such, in few words, is the history of the convent," said the oblate.
"We will go for a walk to-day," said the oblate, rubbing his hands.
"That means they are going to kill him soon," said the oblate.
"And this proves that your conversion is good," affirmed the oblate.
The form of our globe, which is that of an oblate spheroid with an ellipticity of about 1⁄299.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
- having an equatorial diameter of greater length than the polar diameterthe earth is an oblate sphere Compare prolate
- a person dedicated to a monastic or religious life
Word Origin and History for oblate
"person devoted to religious work," 1756, from Medieval Latin oblatus, noun use of Latin oblatus, variant past participle of offerre "to offer, to bring before," from ob- (see ob-) + latus "carried, borne" (used as suppletive past participle of ferre "to bear"), from *tlatos, from PIE root *tel-, *tol- "to bear, carry" (see extol).