prolate spheroid


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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]
.

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]
Feedback Form