- elongated along the polar diameter, as a spheroid generated by the revolution of an ellipse about its longer axis (opposed to oblate).
Origin of prolate
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The prolate or lemon-like shape is caused by the gravitative pull of the earth, balanced by the centrifugal whirl.Pioneers of Science
Mr. Murphy invites attention and objection to some assertions, as that the earth is prolate, not oblate.A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume II (of II)
Augustus de Morgan
The immediate inference from this was that, the degree diminishing with increasing latitude, the earth must be a prolate spheroid.
A few stars now had pierced the blue, and in the east there shone brightly a prolate moon.The War in the Air
Herbert George Wells
- having a polar diameter of greater length than the equatorial diameterCompare oblate 1
C17: from Latin prōferre to enlarge
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