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Oblate Spheroid

A flattened sphere. More formally, an oblate spheroid is a surface of revolution obtained by revolving an ellipse about its minor axis.

Note: The earth is shaped like an oblate spheroid.


 

 

See also

Prolate spheroid, ellipsoid

 


  this page updated 21-feb-16
Mathwords: Terms and Formulas from Algebra I to Calculus
written, illustrated, and webmastered by Bruce Simmons
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