oblate

1
[ob-leyt, o-bleyt]

adjective

flattened at the poles, as a spheroid generated by the revolution of an ellipse about its shorter axis (opposed to prolate).

Nearby words

  1. objurgate,
  2. objurgation,
  3. obl.,
  4. oblanceolate,
  5. oblast,
  6. oblately,
  7. oblation,
  8. oblatory,
  9. obligable,
  10. obligate

Origin of oblate

1
1695–1705; < New Latin oblātus lengthened, equivalent to Latin ob- ob- + (prō)lātus prolate

Related formsob·late·ly, adverb

oblate

2
[ob-leyt, o-bleyt]

noun

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 oblate

2
1860–65; < Medieval Latin oblātus, suppletive past participle of offerre to offer

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British Dictionary definitions for oblate

oblate

1

adjective

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

Word Origin for oblate

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

noun

a person dedicated to a monastic or religious life

Word Origin for oblate

C19: from French oblat, from Medieval Latin oblātus, from Latin offerre to offer

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