Adjective "prolate" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a spheroid) lengthened in the direction of a polar diameter.
  1. 'Its shape resembles that of a prolate ellipsoid.'
  2. 'This ratio suggests that the enzyme-inhibitor complex can be described as prolate ellipsoid, for reasons discussed before.'


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

More examples(as adjective)

"spheroids can be prolate."

"shapes can be prolate."

"cycloids can be prolate."


Late 17th century: from Latin prolatus ‘carried forward’, past participle of proferre ‘prolong’, from pro- ‘forward’ + ferre ‘carry’.