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skew Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb turn or place at an angle
    • the lines on the sheet of paper are skewed
  2. adjective satellite having an oblique or slanting direction or position
    • the picture was skew

Skew adverb
Cf. D. scheef. Dan. skiv, Sw. skef, Icel. skeifr, G. schief, also E. shy, a. & v. i.
  1. Awry; obliquely; askew.
Skew adjective
  1. Turned or twisted to one side; situated obliquely; skewed; -- chiefly used in technical phrases. (1) 0 2 -3-2 0 53 -5 0 (2) 4 -1 71 8 -2-7 2 1 This requires that the numbers in the diagonal from the upper left to lower right corner be zeros. A like determinant in which the numbers in the diagonal are not zeros is a skew determinant, as in (2), above.
Skew noun
  1. (Arch.) A stone at the foot of the slope of a gable, the offset of a buttress, or the like, cut with a sloping surface and with a check to receive the coping stones and retain them in place.
Skew intransitive verb
imperfect & past participle Skewed ; present participle & verbal noun Skewing
  1. To walk obliquely; to go sidling; to lie or move obliquely.
    Child, you must walk straight, without skewing. L'Estrange.
  2. To start aside; to shy, as a horse. Prov. Eng.
  3. To look obliquely; to squint; hence, to look slightingly or suspiciously. Beau & Fl.
Skew transitive verb
See Skew, adv.
  1. To shape or form in an oblique way; to cause to take an oblique position.
  2. To throw or hurl obliquely.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

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