flattened at the poles, as a spheroid generated by the revolution of an ellipse about its shorter axis (opposed to prolate).
- ob·late·ly, adverb
Other definitions for oblate (2 of 2)
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.
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How to use oblate in a sentence
The characteristic form is round-oblate, regular; Size medium.American Pomology | J. A. Warder
oblate, or flattened, when the axial diameter is decidedly the shorter; fig. 35.American Pomology | J. A. Warder
His hands went up to his eyes and he stared for a few moments at the pale yellow oblate shape of the sun.A Honeymoon in Space | George Griffith
oblate, is the reverse of oblong, and means shorter in one direction, than in another.Conversations on Natural Philosophy, in which the Elements of that Science are Familiarly Explained | Jane Haldimand Marcet and Thomas P. Jones
(He disengages himself) Why should I not speak to him or to any human being who walks upright upon this oblate orange?Ulysses | James Joyce
British Dictionary definitions for oblate (1 of 2)
having an equatorial diameter of greater length than the polar diameter: the earth is an oblate sphere Compare prolate
- oblately, adverb
British Dictionary definitions for oblate (2 of 2)
a person dedicated to a monastic or religious life
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