Oblate spheroid
Spheroid Sphe"roid, n. [L. spheroides ball-like, spherical, Gr. ???; ???? sphere + e'i^dos form: cf. F. sph['e]ro["i]de.] 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. [1913 Webster]

{Oblate spheroid}, {Prolate spheroid}. See {Oblate}, {Prolate}, and {Ellipsoid}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Oblate spheroid — 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}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Geom.) Flattened or depressed at the poles; as, the earth is an oblate… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Oblate spheroid — An oblate spheroid An oblate spheroid is a rotationally symmetric ellipsoid having a polar axis shorter than the diameter of the equatorial circle whose plane bisects it.[1] Oblate spheroids stand in contrast to prolate spheroids. It can be… …   Wikipedia

  • 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}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Geom.) Flattened or depressed at the poles; as, the earth is an oblate spheroid.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Oblate ellipsoid — 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}.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Geom.) Flattened or depressed at the poles; as, the earth is an oblate… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spheroid — Sphe roid, n. [L. spheroides ball like, spherical, Gr. ???; ???? sphere + e i^dos form: cf. F. sph[ e]ro[ i]de.] A body or figure approaching to a sphere, but not perfectly spherical; esp., a solid generated by the revolution of an ellipse about… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oblate — oblate1 [äb′lāt΄, äb lāt′] adj. [ModL oblatus < OB + latus as in prolatus (see PROLATE): from being thrust forward at the equator] Geom. flattened at the poles [an oblate spheroid] oblate2 [äb′lāt΄] n. [ML oblatus, offered, thrust forward < …   English World dictionary

  • Spheroid — A spheroid is a quadric surfaceobtained by rotating an ellipse about one of its principal axes; in other words, an ellipsoid with two equal semi diameters. If the ellipse is rotated about its major axis, the result is a prolate (elongated)… …   Wikipedia

  • Oblate spheroidal coordinates — Figure 1: Coordinate isosurfaces for a point P (shown as a black sphere) in oblate spheroidal coordinates (μ, ν, φ). The z axis is vertical, and the foci are at ±2. The red oblate spheroid (flattened sphere) corresponds to μ=1, whereas the blue… …   Wikipedia

  • Oblate — For the geometrical concept, see Oblate spheroid. Contents 1 Origins and history 2 Oblates today 2.1 Secular oblates …   Wikipedia

  • spheroid — n. 1 a spherelike but not perfectly spherical body. 2 a solid generated by a half revolution of an ellipse about its major axis (prolate spheroid) or minor axis (oblate spheroid). Derivatives: spheroidal adj. spheroidicity n …   Useful english dictionary

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