oblate

adjective
ob·late | \ä-ˈblāt, ˈä-ˌblāt \

Definition of oblate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: flattened or depressed at the poles an oblate spheroid

oblate

noun
ob·late | \ˈä-ˌblāt \

Definition of oblate (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a layman living in a monastery under a modified rule and without vows

2 : a member of one of several Roman Catholic communities of men or women

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Adjective

oblateness noun

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Still, those oblate derrieres acknowledge that the flat stovetops of our Western kitchens make a rounded cooking vessel difficult to use. James P. Dewan, chicagotribune.com, "What you need to know before you wok," 16 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This was unexpected at Jupiter—a heavy, fast rotating, oblate (flattened at the poles) planet. Andrew Coates, Newsweek, "NASA Juno Unlocks Secrets of Jupiter's Mega Cyclone Clusters," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of oblate

Adjective

1705, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for oblate

Adjective

probably from New Latin oblatus, from ob- + -latus (as in prolatus prolate)

Noun

Medieval Latin oblatus, literally, one offered up, from Latin, past participle of offerre — more at offer

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