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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; < Neo-Latin oblātus lengthened, equivalent to Latin ob- ob- + (prō)lātus prolate
Related forms
oblately, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for oblately

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 oblately
oblate
"flattened on the ends," 1705, from L. ob "toward" + latus, abstracted from its opposite, prolatus "lengthened" (see oblate (n.)).
oblate
"person devoted to religious work," 1756, from M.L. oblatus, noun use of L. oblatus, variant pp. of L. offerre "to offer, to bring before" (latus "carried, borne" used as suppletive pp. of ferre "to bear"), from *tlatos, from PIE base *tel-, *tol- "to bear, carry" (see extol).
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Encyclopedia Article for oblately

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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