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

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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prolate. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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