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oblate1

[ob-leyt, o-bleyt]
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adjective
  1. flattened at the poles, as a spheroid generated by the revolution of an ellipse about its shorter axis (opposed to prolate).
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Origin of oblate1

1695–1705; < New Latin oblātus lengthened, equivalent to Latin ob- ob- + (prō)lātus prolate
Related formsob·late·ly, adverb

oblate2

[ob-leyt, o-bleyt]
noun
  1. a person offered to the service of and living in a monastery, but not under monastic vows or full monastic rule.
  2. a lay member of any of various Roman Catholic societies devoted to special religious work.
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Origin of oblate2

1860–65; < Medieval Latin oblātus, suppletive past participle of offerre to offer
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  • "Such, in few words, is the history of the convent," said the oblate.

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  • "We will go for a walk to-day," said the oblate, rubbing his hands.

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  • "That means they are going to kill him soon," said the oblate.

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  • "And this proves that your conversion is good," affirmed the oblate.

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  • The form of our globe, which is that of an oblate spheroid with an ellipticity of about 1⁄299.

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British Dictionary definitions for oblate

oblate1

adjective
  1. having an equatorial diameter of greater length than the polar diameterthe earth is an oblate sphere Compare prolate
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Derived Formsoblately, adverb

Word Origin

C18: from New Latin oblātus lengthened, from Latin ob- towards + lātus, past participle of ferre to bring

oblate2

noun
  1. a person dedicated to a monastic or religious life
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Word Origin

C19: from French oblat, from Medieval Latin oblātus, from Latin offerre to offer
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Word Origin and History for oblate

adj.

"flattened on the ends," 1705, from Medieval Latin oblatus "flattened," from Latin ob "toward" (see ob-) + latus, abstracted from its opposite, prolatus "lengthened" (see oblate (n.)).

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n.

"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).

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