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1. Having the shape of a spheroid generated by rotating an ellipse about its longer axis.
2. Having the distance between the poles longer than the equatorial diameter: a prolate spheroid.

[Latin prōlātus, past participle of prōferre, to stretch out : prō-, forth; see pro-1 + lātus, brought; see telə- in Indo-European roots.]

pro′late′ly adv.
pro′late′ness n.
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(Mathematics) having a polar diameter of greater length than the equatorial diameter. Compare oblate1
[C17: from Latin prōferre to enlarge]
ˈprolately adv
ˈprolateness n
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(ˈproʊ leɪt)

elongated oblate1 along the polar diameter, as a spheroid generated by the revolution of an ellipse about its longer axis (opposed to oblate).
[1685–95; < Latin prōlātus, past participle of prōferre to bring forward, extend; see pro-1, oblate1]
pro′late•ly, adv.
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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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.prolate - having the polar diameter greater than the equatorial diameter; "a prolate spheroid is generated by revolving an ellipse about its major axis"
rounded - curving and somewhat round in shape rather than jagged; "low rounded hills"; "rounded shoulders"
oblate, pumpkin-shaped - having the equatorial diameter greater than the polar diameter; being flattened at the poles
2.prolate - rounded like an egg
rounded - curving and somewhat round in shape rather than jagged; "low rounded hills"; "rounded shoulders"
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References in classic literature ?
A few stars now had pierced the blue, and in the east there shone brightly a prolate moon.
The perfectly oblate strain ellipsoid is common in the shear zone that deformed underwent flattening strain and perfectly prolate ellipsoid developed under constructional strain regime (Fossen and Cavalcante, 2017; Mookerjee and Peek, 2014).
The stone is prolate, obovoid in lateral view with a keel in the plane of bisymmetry and is essentially unilocular although a collapsed second locule is visible in cross section (Fig.
In the section with 5 mm bias from the median sagittal plane, the RCPma is a narrow triangle or prolate spindle shaped,the parameters of sectional area are 93.14-353.10 [mm.sup.2] on the left and 92.01-391.73 [mm.sup.2] on the right with a significant difference (P<0.05).
* The current recommended formula (ASE equation) for estimation of left ventricular mass is based on modelling the left ventricle as a prolate ellipse of revolution.
The ovarian volume (OV) was calculated using the simplified formula for prolate ellipsoid (0.5 x length x width x thickness) (4).
In the present study, thin section samples from several parna type-sites in southern NSW were examined micromorphologically to reveal the presence of very well size-sorted quartz grain populations (companion grains) and identifiable prolate clay aggregations of a similar silt to fine sand size.
It certainly defies any common sense, to continue to put my emotional neck out for something that will, invariably, make me want to tear my hair out, to spend countless Sunday hours watching grown men try to move a prolate spheroid past a certain line in the hopes that it will give mesomething.
Among full papers are actinide targets for the synthesis of superheavy nuclei: current priorities and future opportunities, the spontaneous fission of superheavy nuclei, odd features of some odd-odd prolate spheroidal nuclei, a microscopic theory of fission, and a free-neutron target for nuclear reaction studies.
1 shows that [sup.154]Dy is a vibrational-like nucleus, U(5), while [sup.156]Dy nucleus is deviated from vibrational-like to rotational-like with slight prolate deformation, SU(3), Fig.