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

  Prolate \Pro"late\, a. [L. prolatus, used as p. p. of proferre
     to bring forth, to extend; pro + latus, p. p. See Pro-, and
     Tolerate. ]
     Stretched out; extended; especially, elongated in the
     direction of a line joining the poles; as, a prolate
     spheroid; -- opposed to oblate.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Prolate cycloid. See the Note under Cycloid.
  
     Prolate ellipsoid or Prolate spheroid (Geom.), a figure
        generated by the revolution of an ellipse about its major
        axis. Contrasted with oblate spheroid. See Ellipsoid of
        revolution, under Ellipsoid.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Prolate \Pro*late"\, v. t.
     To utter; to pronounce. [Obs.] "Foun-der-ed; prolate it
     right." --B. Jonson.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  prolate
      adj 1: having the polar diameter greater than the equatorial
             diameter; "a prolate spheroid is generated by revolving
             an ellipse about its major axis" [syn: prolate,
             watermelon-shaped] [ant: oblate, pumpkin-shaped]
      2: rounded like an egg [syn: egg-shaped, elliptic,
         elliptical, oval, oval-shaped, ovate, oviform,
         ovoid, prolate]

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