(of a spheroid) flattened at the poles.‘In general, the strain ellipsoids have oblate strain symmetry with some data points in the prolate field.’Often contrasted with prolate
- ‘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’
- ‘The earth is actually best approximated as an oblate spheroid, meaning that it is flattened at the poles.’
- ‘Kerr geometry uses something called oblate spheroidal coordinate system.’
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.‘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.’
- ‘Stanbrook, which also has 120 lay people, or oblates, is well-known for having Britain's oldest private printing press, the Abbey Press, established in 1876.’
- ‘Bede was offered as an oblate to the monastery of Wearmouth when he was only seven years old and spent his whole life as a monk.’
Late 17th century from French, from medieval Latin oblatus, past participle (used as a noun) of Latin offerre ‘to offer’.