Oblate vs. Prolate

Oblate vs. Prolate — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Oblate and Prolate

Oblateadjective

Having the shape of a spheroid generated by rotating an ellipse about its shorter axis.

Prolateadjective

Having the shape of a spheroid generated by rotating an ellipse about its longer axis.

Oblateadjective

Having an equatorial diameter greater than the distance between poles; compressed along or flattened at the poles

Planet Earth is an oblate solid.

Prolateadjective

Having the distance between the poles longer than the equatorial diameter

a prolate spheroid.

Oblatenoun

A layperson dedicated to religious life, especially such a layperson who is affiliated with but not a member of a monastic order.

Prolateadjective

Elongated at the poles.

A cigar is a prolate spheroid.

Oblatenoun

Oblate Roman Catholic Church A member of one of various religious communities whose members are bound by less stringent vows than those required of monastic orders.

Prolateverb

To utter; to pronounce.

Oblatenoun

(Roman Catholicism) A person dedicated to a life of religion or monasticism, especially a member of an order without religious vows or a lay member of a religious community.

Prolateadjective

having the polar diameter greater than the equatorial diameter;

a prolate spheroid is generated by revolving an ellipse about its major axis

Oblatenoun

A child given up by its parents into the keeping or dedication of a religious order or house.

Prolateadjective

rounded like an egg

Oblateadjective

Flattened or depressed at the poles.

The Earth is an oblate spheroid.

Oblateverb

To offer as either a gift or an oblation.

Oblatenoun

a lay person dedicated to religious work or the religious life

Oblateadjective

having the equatorial diameter greater than the polar diameter; being flattened at the poles