from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Having the shape of a spheroid generated by rotating an ellipse about its longer axis.
- adjective Having the distance between the poles longer than the equatorial diameter.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Lengthened along one direction. A prolate spheroid is produced by the revolution of a semi-ellipse about its larger diameter. See
- To utter, especially in a drawling manner; lengthen in pronunciation or sound.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Stretched out; extended; especially, elongated in the direction of a line joining the poles; ; -- opposed to
- adjective See the Note under
- adjective (Geom.), a figure generated by the revolution of an ellipse about its major axis. Contrasted with oblate spheroid. See Ellipsoid of revolution, under
- transitive verb obsolete To utter; to pronounce.
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Elongatedat the poles.
- verb obsolete, transitive To
utter; to pronounce.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective having the polar diameter greater than the equatorial diameter
- adjective rounded like an egg
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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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.