Prolate definition

prōlāt
Having the shape of a spheroid generated by rotating an ellipse about its longer axis.
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Having the distance between the poles longer than the equatorial diameter.

A prolate spheroid.

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Extended or elongated at the poles.

A prolate spheroid.

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A cigar is a prolate spheroid.

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(obsolete) To utter; to pronounce.
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Origin of prolate

  • Latin prōlātus past participle of prōferre to stretch out prō- forth pro–1 lātus brought telə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin prolatum, past participle of proferre (“to extend, lengthen")

    From Wiktionary