(Of a spheroid) flattened at the poles. Often contrasted with prolate.
- 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
A person who is dedicated to a religious life, but has typically not taken full monastic vows.
- 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.