Adjective "oblate" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/ˈɒbleɪt/

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Definitions and examples

adjective

(of a spheroid) flattened at the poles.
  1. 'A number of finite-strain studies from natural shear zones show oblate geometries.'
  2. 'The earth is actually best approximated as an oblate spheroid, meaning that it is flattened at the poles.'

noun

A person who is dedicated to a religious life, but has typically not taken full monastic vows.
  1. 'Bede was offered as an oblate to the monastery of Wearmouth when he was only seven years old and spent his whole life as a monk.'
  2. 'Nor is there much evidence to support the idea that the vast majority of churchgoing Catholics are eager to become Benedictine oblates.'

Definitions

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

More examples(as adjective)

"spheroids can be oblate."

Origin

(oblate)Late 17th century: from French, from medieval Latin oblatus, past participle (used as a noun) of Latin offerre ‘to offer’.