Pronunciation: (ob'lāt, o-blāt'),[key] —adj. flattened at the poles, as a spheroid generated by the revolution of an ellipse about its shorter axis (opposed to prolate). See diag. under prolate.
Pronunciation: (ob'lāt, o-blāt'),[key] —n. 1. a person offered to the service of and living in a monastery, but not under monastic vows or full monastic rule.
2. a lay member of any of various Roman Catholic societies devoted to special religious work.