As adjectives the difference between oblate and oblite
is that oblate
is flattened or depressed at the poles while oblite
is indistinct; slurred over.
As a noun oblate
is a person dedicated to a life of religion or monasticism, especially a member of an order without religious vows or a lay member of a religious community.
From (etyl) (m) and its source, post-classical (etyl) .
(Roman Catholic Church) A person dedicated to a life of religion or monasticism, especially a member of an order without religious vows or a lay member of a religious community.
A child given up by its parents into the keeping or dedication of a religious order or house.
* 2007', The Venerable Bede started as an '''oblate at St Paul's, Jarrow, but by the time of his death in 735 was surely the most learned man in Europe. — Tom Shippey, ‘I Lerne Song’, ''London Review of Books 29:4, p. 19
Flattened or depressed at the poles.
* 1922', Why should I not speak to him or to any human being who walks upright upon this '''oblate orange? — James Joyce, ''Ulysses
* 1997', ‘ ’Tis prolate, still,’ with a long dejected Geordie O. ‘Isn’t it…?’ ‘I’m an Astronomer,– trust me, ’tis gone well to '''oblate .’ — Thomas Pynchon, ''Mason & Dixon
- The Earth is an oblate spheroid.