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oblate1

[ob-leyt, o-bleyt] /ˈɒb leɪt, ɒˈbleɪt/
adjective
1.
flattened at the poles, as a spheroid generated by the revolution of an ellipse about its shorter axis (opposed to prolate).
Origin
1695-1705
1695-1705; < New Latin oblātus lengthened, equivalent to Latin ob- ob- + (prō)lātus prolate
Related forms
oblately, adverb

oblate2

[ob-leyt, o-bleyt] /ˈɒb leɪt, ɒˈbleɪt/
noun
1.
a person offered to the service of and living in a monastery, but not under monastic vows or full monastic rule.
2.
a lay member of any of various Roman Catholic societies devoted to special religious work.
Origin
1860-65; < Medieval Latin oblātus, suppletive past participle of offerre to offer
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  • He held in his hands a big, oblate, greenish-gray stone.
  • Turns out it would be highly oblate, and because of the way light works the horizon would appear to be above the viewer.
British Dictionary definitions for oblate

oblate1

/ˈɒbleɪt/
adjective
1.
having an equatorial diameter of greater length than the polar diameter: the earth is an oblate sphere Compare prolate
Derived Forms
oblately, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin oblātus lengthened, from Latin ob- towards + lātus, past participle of ferre to bring

oblate2

/ˈɒbleɪt/
noun
1.
a person dedicated to a monastic or religious life
Word Origin
C19: from French oblat, from Medieval Latin oblātus, from Latin offerre to offer
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Word Origin and History for oblate
adj.

"flattened on the ends," 1705, from Medieval Latin oblatus "flattened," from Latin ob "toward" (see ob-) + latus, abstracted from its opposite, prolatus "lengthened" (see oblate (n.)).

n.

"person devoted to religious work," 1756, from Medieval Latin oblatus, noun use of Latin oblatus, variant past participle of offerre "to offer, to bring before," from ob- (see ob-) + latus "carried, borne" (used as suppletive past participle of ferre "to bear"), from *tlatos, from PIE root *tel-, *tol- "to bear, carry" (see extol).

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Encyclopedia Article for oblate

(from Latin oblatus, "one offered up"), in Roman Catholicism, a lay person connected with a religious order or institution and living according to its regulations; a minor dedicated by his parents to become a monk according to the Benedictine Rule; or a member of either the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (O.M.I.) or the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales (O.S.F.S.)

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