noun any grammatical case other than the nominative
noun a diagonally arranged abdominal muscle on either side of the torso
abdominal external oblique muscle; external oblique muscle; musculus obliquus externus abdominis.
adjective slanting or inclined in direction or course or position--neither parallel nor perpendicular nor right-angled
- 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
adjective satellite 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
F., fr. L. obliquus
) + liquis
oblique; cf. licinus
bent upward, Gr slanting.
- 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.
- Not straightforward; indirect; obscure; hence, disingenuous; underhand; perverse; sinister.
The love we bear our friends...
Hath in it certain oblique ends.
This mode of oblique research, when a more direct one is denied, we find to be the only one in our power.
Then would be closed the restless, oblique eye.
That looks for evil, like a treacherous spy.
- Not direct in descent; not following the line of father and son; collateral.
His natural affection in a direct line was strong, in an oblique but weak.
- (Geom.) An oblique line.
Ob*lique" intransitive verb
imperfect & past participle Obliqued present participle & verbal noun Obliquing
- To deviate from a perpendicular line; to move in an oblique direction.
Projecting his person towards it in a line which obliqued from the bottom of his spine.
Sir. W. Scott.
- (Mil.) 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.
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