prolate

adjective
pro·​late | \ ˈprō-ˌlāt How to pronounce prolate (audio) \

Definition of prolate

: extended especially : elongated in the direction of a line joining the poles a prolate spheroid

Examples of prolate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That has a physical difference when gripping an object shaped like a prolate spheroid. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 27 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use of prolate

1715, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prolate

Latin prolatus (past participle of proferre to bring forward, extend) from pro- forward + latus, past participle of ferre to carry — more at bear, tolerate

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“Prolate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prolate. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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