Origin of oblateModern Latin oblatus ; from ob- + -latus as in prolatus (see prolate): from being thrust forward at the equator
Origin of oblateMedieval Latin oblatus, offered, thrust forward ; from past participle of Classical Latin offerre: see offer
- Having the shape of a spheroid generated by rotating an ellipse about its shorter axis.
- Having an equatorial diameter greater than the distance between poles; compressed along or flattened at the poles: Planet Earth is an oblate solid.
Origin of oblateProbably New Latin oblatus : Latin ob-, toward; see ob– + Latin (pr&omacron;)latus; see prolate.
- A layperson dedicated to religious life, especially such a layperson who is affiliated with but not a member of a monastic order.
- Oblate Roman Catholic Church A member of one of various religious communities whose members are bound by less stringent vows than those required of monastic orders.
Origin of oblateMedieval Latin oblatus, from Latin, past participle of offerre, to offer; see offer.
From French oblat and its source, post-classical Latin oblatus "˜person dedicated to religious life', a noun use of the past participle of offerre "˜to offer'.
(comparative more oblate, superlative most oblate)