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
The effect of the revolution is to make both bodies slightly protrude in the direction of the line joining them; they become slightly "prolate" as it is called -- that is, lemon-shaped.
For a while, they sampled movies together and Jerry arrived with actresses who resembled Dot in some way — dark skin, black hair, or not seldom prolate breasts.
Recently, we have measured fetal congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation volume by sonographic measurement using the formula for a prolate ellipse (length X height X width X 0.52).
This is why stars will not leave the Milky Way galaxy decause of the prolate distribution of matter and DM above and below.
Source: KIAA; the paper published in the February 25 issue of Nature is "WASP-12b as a prolate, inflated and disrupting planet from tidal dissipation" arXiv:1002.4608 is the preprint.
Lessons include the role of parabolas in punting, how defenders instinctively use the Pythagorean theorem to prevent touchdowns and why the shape of a football - a prolate spheroid - helps quarterbacks throw spirals.
A spherical shell of dust that falls to a gravitating body will become distended into a prolate ellipsoid.
A few stars now had pierced the blue, and in the east there shone brightly a prolate moon.
Did you know that both prolate and oblate ellipsoids pack more efficiently than spheres?
This same tidal force had earlier locked Jinx's rotation to Primary and forced the moon into an egg shape, a prolate spheroid.