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 for oblate
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Oblate \Ob*late"\, a. [L. oblatus, used as p. p. of offerre to
     bring forward, offer, dedicate; ob (see Ob-) + latus borne,
     for tlatus. See Tolerate.]
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     1. (Geom.) Flattened or depressed at the poles; as, the earth
        is an oblate spheroid.
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     2. Offered up; devoted; consecrated; dedicated; -- used
        chiefly or only in the titles of Roman Catholic orders.
        See Oblate, n.
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     Oblate ellipsoid or Oblate spheroid (Geom.), a solid
        generated by the revolution of an ellipse about its minor
        axis; an oblatum. Contrasted with prolate spheroid. See
        Ellipsoid of revolution, under Ellipsoid.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Oblate \Ob*late"\, n. [From Oblate, a.] (R. C. Ch.)
        (a) One of an association of priests or religious women
            who have offered themselves to the service of the
            church. There are three such associations of priests,
            and one of women, called oblates.
        (b) One of the Oblati.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: having the equatorial diameter greater than the polar
             diameter; being flattened at the poles [syn: oblate,
             pumpkin-shaped] [ant: prolate, watermelon-shaped]
      n 1: a lay person dedicated to religious work or the religious

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