What does oblate mean?

Definitions for oblateˈɒb leɪt, ɒˈbleɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word oblate.

Princeton's WordNet

  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

Webster Dictionary

  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.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Oblate

    ob-lāt′, n. a secular person devoted to a monastery, but not under its vows, esp. one of the Oblate Fathers or Oblate Sisters: one dedicated to a religious order from childhood, or who takes the cowl in anticipation of death: a loaf of altar-bread before its consecration.—n. Oblā′tion, act of offering: anything offered in worship or sacred service, esp. a eucharistic offering: an offering generally.—Great oblation, the solemn offering or presentation in memorial before God of the consecrated elements, as sacramentally the body and blood of Christ; Lesser oblation, the offertory. [L. oblatus, offered up.]

  2. Oblate

    ob-lāt′, adj. flattened at opposite sides or poles: shaped like an orange.—ns. Oblate′ness, flatness at the poles; Oblate′-spher′oid, a spherical body flattened at the poles. [L. oblatus, pa.p. of offerre, to offer—ob, against, ferre, to bring.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of oblate in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of oblate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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