• 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"
    • ***
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.
    • ***
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.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Oblation act of offering: anything offered in worship or sacred service, esp. a eucharistic offering: an offering generally
    • ***


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
He loved his people, and they worshipped him with no temporary oblations.
"In and Around Berlin" by Minerva Brace Norton
Of his women especially the 'vows' and 'oblations' are a poetic incense continually ascending.
"Francis Beaumont: Dramatist" by Charles Mills Gayley
Father Lacombe, Oblate Mary Immaculate, 1878.
"On Canada's Frontier" by Julian Ralph
If not retained by fees and oblations, governments are constantly forfeited and resold.
"The Highlands of Ethiopia" by William Cornwallis Harris
His first meeting with the founder of the Oblates was marked by signs of mutual appreciation.
"The Canadian Portrait Gallery - Volume 3 (of 4)" by John Charles Dent
Incense is burnt, and an oblation placed before it.
"Omens and Superstitions of Southern India" by Edgar Thurston
But Jupiter, who, while he is much larger than the earth, revolves much more rapidly, is much more oblate than the earth.
"The Plurality of Worlds" by William Whewell
In some instances the oblations terminated with cannibalism.
"Ancient Faiths And Modern A Dissertation upon Worships, Legends and Divinities" by Thomas Inman
So we have no ground for saying that the idea of oblation is a late product of civilization.
"The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life" by Emile Durkheim
Oblations of water are offered to ancestors in the month of Kunwar (September-October).
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell

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
The 3.6% of prolate cases and 1.0% of oblate are identified with shades of color and pattern (see the inset).
Quadrupole collectivity in random two-body ensembles
Third, due to particle-hole symmetry, which does not need to be exact, the number of prolate and oblate configurations is approximately the same within a given valence space.
Quadrupole collectivity in random two-body ensembles
This causes minor-axis tubes to become dominant and results in a more oblate remnant.
Influence of baryons on the orbital structure of dark matter haloes
The remnants were found to become progressively more oblate as the gas fraction is increased.
Influence of baryons on the orbital structure of dark matter haloes
The shape parameters are defined as follows: s = c/a is used as a measure of halo sphericity (where s = 1 for a spherical halo) and T = (a2 − b2 )/(a2 − c2 ) as a measure of the triaxiality of the halo [where T = 1 (0) for an prolate (oblate) halo].
Influence of baryons on the orbital structure of dark matter haloes
KA For a given N, energy levels may be specified by Ka Kc (or K-1 K1, or K- K+ are alternative notations), where Ka is the K quantum number for the limiting prolate (B=C) and Kc for the limiting oblate (B=A).
IVOA Recommendation: Simple Spectral Lines Data Model Version 1.0
Given this level of oblateness, these ob jects might be expected to exhibit measureable linear polarization (Sengupta & Marley 2010).
Rotational Velocities of Individual Components in Very Low Mass Binaries
The pro jection on total angular momentum J = 0 leads to energy curves with prolate and oblate minima at about the same deformation |β2 | ≈ 0.26.
Beyond-mean-field study of the possible "bubble" structure of 34Si
In fact, at small deformation, the states of a given J pro jected out from prolate and oblate meanfield states with the same |β2 | value are almost equivalent.
Beyond-mean-field study of the possible "bubble" structure of 34Si
Oblate and prolate minima are also obtained for higher J -values.
Beyond-mean-field study of the possible "bubble" structure of 34Si