• WordNet 3.6
    • n Oblation the act of offering the bread and wine of the Eucharist
    • n oblation the act of contributing to the funds of a church or charity "oblations for aid to the poor"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Oblation A gift or contribution made to a church, as for the expenses of the eucharist, or for the support of the clergy and the poor.
    • Oblation Anything offered or presented in worship or sacred service; an offering; a sacrifice. "A peculiar . . . oblation given to God.""A pin was the usual oblation ."
    • Oblation The act of offering, or of making an offering.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n oblation The act of offering. Specifically, ecclesiastical: The donation by the laity of bread and wine for the eucharist, and of other gifts or of contributions in money for the maintenance of divine worship and for the support of the clergy and the poor. In the early church the bread and wine were given by members of the congregation to the deacon before the liturgy, and offered by the priest on the altar; later this custom fell into disuse, and the other gifts were presented at or just before the offertory. The Greek church has a special preparation of the elements in the office of prothesis (see prothesis), before the liturgy.
    • n oblation The whole office of holy communion; the eucharist.
    • n oblation In Roman law (oblatio), a mode of extinguishment for debt by the tender of the precise amount due. It had to be followed, in Roman and French law, in order to become an effectual tender, by depositio, or consignation into the hand of a public officer. Holland.
    • n oblation Anything offered or presented; an offering; a gift.
    • n oblation Specifically Anything offered or presented in worship; an offering or sacrifice; especially, ecclesiastical, a eucharistic offering or donation; usually in the plural, the eucharistic elements or other offerings at the eucharist.
    • n oblation In canon law, anything offered to God and the church, whether movables or immovables.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Oblation act of offering: anything offered in worship or sacred service, esp. a eucharistic offering: an offering generally
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. oblatio,: cf. F. oblation,. See Oblate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. oblatus, offered up.


In literature:

BODN, originally signified an offer-table or altar; an oblation; also one of the jars in which the dwarfs' poetical beverage was kept.
"The Elder Eddas of Saemund Sigfusson; and the Younger Eddas of Snorre Sturleson" by Saemund Sigfusson and Snorre Sturleson
To be an oblate at La Trappe is the same thing as remaining at Chartres!
"The Cathedral" by Joris-Karl Huysmans
With oblations men gratify the gods and with gifts the human gods.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
He then, duly and according to the ordinance, gratified the Pitris with oblations of water.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
Let oblations be poured on the fire for pacifying the ruler of the Dasarnakas.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
The Oblation is ceased!
"The City of Delight" by Elizabeth Miller
He was a faithful Laic and an Oblate, and when he finished his course was seventy years of age.
"The Chronicle of the Canons Regular of Mount St. Agnes" by Thomas a Kempis
The climax came in the "full, perfect, and complete sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction for the sins of the whole world" made upon the Cross.
"The Discipline of War" by John Hasloch Potter
Oblations, or unbloody offerings, 600.
"Companion to the Bible" by E. P. Barrows
An altar takes men's incense and oblation, An altar made after the ancient fashion.
"The Works of Christopher Marlowe, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Christopher Marlowe

In poetry:

I know, I breed just a fable –
At least, trust to fables, — but you?…
Like needless oblations, in alleys,
Leaves fall in the mournful hue.
"The Autumnal Romance" by Innokentii Fedorovich Annensky
Make an oblation of thyself entire
To God — thy body, as a victim meet —
Then offer up thy soul unto thy Sire,
To make the sacrifice still more complete.
"Advice To Serve God" by Rees Prichard
Vainly we offer each ample oblation;
Vainly with gifts would His favour secure:
Richer by far is the heart's adoration;
Dearer to God are the prayers of the poor.
"Hymn 8. Epiphany" by Reginald Heber
Lonely he is: he has nor friend nor lover,
Sith in his body he is dedicate…
His comrades only share his life and offer
Their further deeds to one more heart oblate.
"The Last Salute" by Robert Nichols
Fair as the morn at her divine oblation,
When in her comeliest aspect she appears;
O! spread thy sacred reign o'er every nation,
And bring the triumph of the golden years!
"To Charity" by Thomas Odiorne
Beneath whose baleful shadow, overcasting
All heaven above, and blighting earth below,
The scourge grew red, the lip grew pale with fasting,
And man's oblation was his fear and woe!
"Worship" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.
Oblation print shop and the Pearl District are part of the town's charms.

In science:

The oblate intrinsic deformation observed in our models seems to be inconsistent with the prolate dominance in real nuclei (see discussion in Sec.
Quadrupole collectivity in random two-body ensembles
The distribution of the quadrupole moment in Fig. 13(b) shows prolate and oblate peaks.
Quadrupole collectivity in random two-body ensembles
The quadrupole moments in Fig. 13(b) are further separated into prolate q > 0.7 and oblate q < −0.7 cases as shown in the inset of Fig. 14.
Quadrupole collectivity in random two-body ensembles
Indeed, the distribution of prolate realizations is peaked at around s = 0.8, while the oblate shapes have s near s = 0.6.
Quadrupole collectivity in random two-body ensembles
In both figures we use the same shading to separate the prolate and oblate collective cases.
Quadrupole collectivity in random two-body ensembles