## spheroidA surface in three dimensions obtained by rotating an ellipse about one of its principal axes. If the ellipse is rotated about its major axis, the surface is called a prolate spheroid (similar
to the shape of a rugby ball). If the minor axis is chosen, the surface
is called an oblate spheroid (similar to the shape of the
Earth). The sphere is a special case of the spheroid
in which the generating ellipse is a circle.
A spheroid is a special case of an ellipsoid
where two of the three major axes are equal. ## Related category• SOLIDS AND SURFACES | |||||

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