Origin of prolateClassical Latin prolatus, past participle of proferre, to bring forward: see pro- and amp; bear
- Having the shape of a spheroid generated by rotating an ellipse about its longer axis.
- Having the distance between the poles longer than the equatorial diameter: a prolate spheroid.
Origin of prolateLatin pr&omacron;latus, past participle of pr&omacron;ferre, to stretch out : pr&omacron;-, forth; see pro–1 + latus, brought; see tel&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more prolate, superlative most prolate)
(third-person singular simple present prolates, present participle prolating, simple past and past participle prolated)
From Latin prolatum, past participle of proferre (“to extend, lengthen")