adjective pro·late \ˈprō-ˌlāt\

Definition of prolate

  1. :  extended; especially :  elongated in the direction of a line joining the poles <a prolate spheroid>

Origin and Etymology of 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

First Known Use: 1715

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