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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 28, July 9, 2000, Article 9

AN OBLIQUE REFERENCE 

   The collective vocabulary of our subscribers keeps me 
   running for my dictionary.  In an article on images of Lincoln 
   in the same issue of COIN WORLD, Fred L. Reed III 
   writes:  "... an image of Lincoln does appear on this $3 note, 
   in the form of an oblate revenue stamp at the left center." 

   The online Information Please Almanac (www.infoplease.com) 
   has these entries for adjective and noun definitions: 

         Pronunciation: (ob'lAt, o-blAt'), [key] 
         —adj. 
         flattened at the poles, as a spheroid generated by the 
         revolution of an ellipse about its shorter axis (opposed to 
         prolate). 

         —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. 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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