prolate definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Classical Latin prolatus, past participle of proferre, to bring forward: see pro- and amp; bear
prolate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Having the shape of a spheroid generated by rotating an ellipse about its longer axis.
- Having the polar axis longer than the equatorial diameter: a prolate spheroid.
Origin: Latin prōlātus, past participle of prōferre, to stretch out : prō-, forth; see pro-1 + lātus, brought; see telə- in Indo-European roots.
- proˈlateˌly adverb
- proˈlateˌness noun