- (Of a spheroid) flattened at the poles. Often contrasted with prolate.More example sentences
- In general, the strain ellipsoids have oblate strain symmetry with some data points in the prolate field.
- A number of finite-strain studies from natural shear zones show oblate geometries.
- An oblate spheroid is a surface of revolution obtained by rotating an ellipse about its minor axis
early 18th century: from modern Latin oblatus (from ob- 'inversely' + -latus 'carried'), on the pattern of Latin prolatus 'prolonged'.
- A person who is dedicated to a religious life, but has typically not taken full monastic vows.More example sentences
- Nor is there much evidence to support the idea that the vast majority of churchgoing Catholics are eager to become Benedictine oblates.
- While monastic vocations decline, the number of monastic lay affiliates, or oblates, grows.
- In the course of the twelfth century, Benedictine houses abandoned the practice of receiving children as oblates, to be educated in the cloister as a preliminary to profession.
late 17th century: from French, from medieval Latin oblatus, past participle (used as a noun) of Latin offerre 'to offer'.