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ob·late 1(ŏb′lāt′, ŏ-blāt′)
1. Having the shape of a spheroid generated by rotating an ellipse about its shorter axis.
2. Having an equatorial diameter greater than the distance between poles; compressed along or flattened at the poles: Planet Earth is an oblate solid.
[Probably New Latin oblātus : Latin ob-, toward; see ob- + Latin (prō)lātus; see prolate.]
1. A layperson dedicated to religious life, especially such a layperson who is affiliated with but not a member of a monastic order.
2. Oblate Roman Catholic Church A member of one of various religious communities whose members are bound by less stringent vows than those required of monastic orders.
[Medieval Latin oblātus, from Latin, past participle of offerre, to offer; see offer.]
(Mathematics) having an equatorial diameter of greater length than the polar diameter: the earth is an oblate sphere. Compare prolate
[C18: from New Latin oblātus lengthened, from Latin ob- towards + lātus, past participle of ferre to bring]
(Ecclesiastical Terms) a person dedicated to a monastic or religious life
[C19: from French oblat, from Medieval Latin oblātus, from Latin offerre to offer]
ob•late1(ˈɒb leɪt, ɒˈbleɪt)
flattened at the poles, as a spheroid generated by the revolution of an ellipse about its shorter axis (opposed to prolate).
ob•late2(ˈɒb leɪt, ɒˈbleɪt)
a person serving and living in a monastery but not under monastic rule or full monastic vows.
[1860–65; < Medieval Latin oblātus, Latin: offered, past participle of offerre to offer]
oblate, prolate - Oblate means "flattened at the poles," and the opposite is prolate; the Earth is an oblate spheroid.
See also related terms for poles.
a person resident and serving in a monastery but not under vows; a lay religious worker.See also: Catholicism
Describes a planetary shape in which the equatorial distance is greater than the distance between the poles. The Earth is an oblate planet.
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|Noun||1.||oblate - a lay person dedicated to religious work or the religious life|
religious person - a person who manifests devotion to a deity
|Adj.||1.||oblate - having the equatorial diameter greater than the polar diameter; being flattened at the poles|
rounded - curving and somewhat round in shape rather than jagged; "low rounded hills"; "rounded shoulders"