1 slanting or inclined in direction or course or position--neither parallel nor perpendicular nor right-angular; "the oblique rays of the winter sun"; "acute and obtuse angles are oblique angles"; "the axis of an oblique cone is not perpendicular to its base" [ant: parallel, perpendicular]
2 indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way; misleading; "used devious means to achieve success"; "gave oblique answers to direct questions"; "oblique political maneuvers" [syn: devious]
2 a diagonally arranged abdominal muscle on either side of the torso [syn: external oblique muscle, musculus obliquus externus abdominis, abdominal external oblique muscle]
EtymologyFrom , oblike, from obliquus
- Rhymes: -iːk
- Not erect or perpendicular; neither parallel to, nor at right
angles from, the base; slanting; inclined.
- It has a direction oblique to that of the former motion. - Cheyne.
- Not straightforward; indirect; obscure; hence, disingenuous;
underhand; perverse; sinister.
- The love we bear our friends . . . Hath in it certain oblique ends. - Drayton.
- This mode of oblique research, when a more direct one is denied, we find to be the only one in our power. - De Quincey.
- Then would be closed the restless, oblique eye. / That looks for evil, like a treacherous spy. - Wordworth.
- Not direct in descent; not following the line of father and
- His natural affection in a direct line was strong, in an oblique but weak. - Baker.
- botany of leaves Having the base of the blade asymmetrical, with one side larger or extending further than the other.
- oblique circle
- oblique fire
- oblique flank
- oblique line
- oblique motion
- oblique muscle
- oblique narration
- oblique planes
- oblique sailing
- oblique speech
- oblique sphere
- oblique step
- oblique system of coordinates
- An oblique line.
- The punctuation sign "/"
- To deviate from a perpendicular line; to move in an oblique
- Projecting his person towards it in a line which obliqued from the bottom of his spine. - Sir. W. Scott.
- To march in a direction oblique to the line of the column or platoon; — formerly accomplished by oblique steps, now by direct steps, the men half-facing either to the right or left.
Oblique may refer to one of several things:
- In human anatomy,
- Another word for Cabinet or Cavalier perspective.
- Oblique projection
- In gas dynamics, Oblique shock
- In geometry, an oblique angle is an angle that is not a multiple of 90 degrees.
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