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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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adj. - Having the polar diameter greater than the equatorial diameter adj. - Rounded like an egg.

Usage examples (30)
  • A prolate spheroid is generated by revolving an ellipse about its major axis
  • 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...
  • Did you know that both prolate and oblate ellipsoids pack more efficiently than spheres?
  • A spherical shell of dust that falls to a gravitating body will become distended into a prolate ellipsoid. for more
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