from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having the shape of a spheroid generated by rotating an ellipse about its longer axis.
- adj. Having the polar axis longer than the equatorial diameter: a prolate spheroid.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Elongated at the poles.
- v. To utter; to pronounce.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Stretched out; extended; especially, elongated in the direction of a line joining the poles; ; -- opposed to
- transitive v. To utter; to pronounce.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To utter, especially in a drawling manner; lengthen in pronunciation or sound.
- Lengthened along one direction. A prolate spheroid is produced by the revolution of a semi-ellipse about its larger diameter. See oblate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having the polar diameter greater than the equatorial diameter
- adj. rounded like an egg
Latin prōlātus, past participle of prōferre, to stretch out : prō-, forth; see pro-1 + lātus, brought; see telə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin prolatum, past participle of proferre ("to extend, lengthen") (Wiktionary)