Definitions for oblateˈɒb leɪt, ɒˈbleɪt

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  1. oblate(adj)

    a lay person dedicated to religious work or the religious life

  2. oblate, pumpkin-shaped(adj)

    having the equatorial diameter greater than the polar diameter; being flattened at the poles

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  1. Oblate(adj)

    flattened or depressed at the poles; as, the earth is an oblate spheroid

  2. Oblate(adj)

    offered up; devoted; consecrated; dedicated; -- used chiefly or only in the titles of Roman Catholic orders. See Oblate, n

  3. Oblate(adj)

    one of an association of priests or religious women who have offered themselves to the service of the church. There are three such associations of priests, and one of women, called oblates

  4. Oblate(adj)

    one of the Oblati

  5. Origin: [L. oblatus, used as p. p. of offerre to bring forward, offer, dedicate; ob (see Ob-) + latus borne, for tlatus. See Tolerate.]


  1. Oblate spheroid

    An oblate spheroid is a rotationally symmetric ellipsoid having a polar axis shorter than the diameter of the equatorial axis. Oblate spheroids are contracted along a line, whereas prolate spheroids are elongated. It can be formed by rotating an ellipse about its minor axis, forming an equator with the end points of the major axis. As with all ellipsoids, it can also be described by the lengths of three mutually perpendicular principal axes, which are in this case two arbitrary equatorial semi-major axes and one semi-minor axis. An everyday example of an oblate spheroid is the shape of confectionery such as Smarties or M&M's. The shape of the Earth is very close to that of an oblate spheroid. Though local topography deviates from this idealized spheroid, on a global scale these deviations are very small.


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