prolate

[ proh-leyt ]
/ ˈproʊ leɪt /
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adjective

elongated along the polar diameter, as a spheroid generated by the revolution of an ellipse about its longer axis (opposed to oblate).

Nearby words

  1. prolan,
  2. prolapse,
  3. prolapse of umbilical cord,
  4. prolapse of uterus,
  5. prolapsus,
  6. prolately,
  7. prolation,
  8. prole,
  9. proleg,
  10. prolegomenon

Origin of prolate

1685–95; < Latin prōlātus, past participle of prōferre to bring forward, extend; see pro-1, oblate1

Related formspro·late·ly, adverbpro·late·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for prolate

prolate

/ (ˈprəʊleɪt) /

adjective

having a polar diameter of greater length than the equatorial diameterCompare oblate 1
Derived Formsprolately, adverbprolateness, noun

Word Origin for prolate

C17: from Latin prōferre to enlarge

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