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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A body that is shaped like a sphere but is not perfectly round, especially an ellipsoid that is generated by revolving an ellipse around one of its axes.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In anthropology, a cranium of nearly spherical form.
  • noun A geometrical body approaching to a sphere, but not perfectly spherical.
  • noun In geometry, a solid generated by the revolution of an ellipse about one of its axes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A body or figure approaching to a sphere, but not perfectly spherical; esp., a solid generated by the revolution of an ellipse about one of its axes.
  • noun See Oblate, Prolate, and Ellipsoid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A solid of revolution generated by rotating an ellipse about its major (prolate), or minor (oblate) axis.
  • adjective Of a shape similar to a squashed sphere.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a shape that is generated by rotating an ellipse around one of its axes

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