Main definitions of oblate in English

: oblate1oblate2

oblate1

adjective

Geometry
  • (of a spheroid) flattened at the poles.

    Often contrasted with prolate
    • ‘A number of finite-strain studies from natural shear zones show oblate geometries.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An oblate spheroid is a surface of revolution obtained by rotating an ellipse about its minor axis’
    • ‘In general, the strain ellipsoids have oblate strain symmetry with some data points in the prolate field.’

Origin

Early 18th century: from modern Latin oblatus (from ob- inversely + -latus carried), on the pattern of Latin prolatus prolonged.

Pronunciation:

oblate

/ˈäblāt//ˌōˈblāt/

Main definitions of oblate in English

: oblate1oblate2

oblate2

noun

  • A person dedicated to a religious life, but typically having not taken full monastic vows.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While monastic vocations decline, the number of monastic lay affiliates, or oblates, grows.’
    • ‘Nor is there much evidence to support the idea that the vast majority of churchgoing Catholics are eager to become Benedictine oblates.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Late 17th century: from French, from medieval Latin oblatus, past participle (used as a noun) of Latin offerre to offer.

Pronunciation:

oblate

/ˈäblāt//ˌōˈblāt/