Oblate also refers to a member of the Roman Catholic religious order of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, or in some cases to a lay or religious person who has officially associated himself (or herself) with a monastic community such as the Benedictines for reasons of personal enrichment without actually assuming a monastic lifestyle.
An oblatespheroid is an ellipsoid having a shorter axis and two equal longer axes (see the spheroid page for a picture).
Oblateness is a measure for a planet that is a spheroid in shape, bulging outward in the center due to its rotation. Effectively the (fictitious) centrifugal force fights against gravity causing the planet to look more like a sphere stretched at the equator.
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