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Definitions of oblique

  1. To move forward to the right or left, by stepping sideways. An oblique angle, an angle greater or less than a right angle. An oblique plane, a plane that declines from the zenith. An oblique projection, where a body is projected in a line, making an oblique angle with the horizontal line. An oblique sphere, that in which the axis of the earth is inclined to the horizon of the place. An oblique case, any case except the nominative. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To deviate from a perpendicular line; to move in an oblique direction. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. any grammatical case other than the nominative Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. An oblique line. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Obliqueness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. Obiquity. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  10. a diagonally arranged abdominal muscle on either side of the torso Wordnet Dictionary DB
  11. Not erect or perpendicular; neither parallel to, nor at right angles from, the base; slanting; inclined. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Not straightforward; indirect; obscure; hence, disingenuous; underhand; perverse; sinister. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Not direct in descent; not following the line of father and son; collateral. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Not horizontal nor perpendicular; not upright nor level; slanting; not direct or straight forward. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. Slanting: not perpendicular: not parallel: not straightforward: obscure: (geom.) not a right angle: (gram.) denoting any case except the nominative. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. Slanting; not perpendicular, not parallel; indirect. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. Neither perpendicular nor horizontal; slanting; sloping. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. Evasive; indirect. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. Slanting; neither perpendicular nor parallel; indirect; sinister. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  20. Deviating from a right line; not parallel; aslant; not direct; by a side glance; not an angle of 90 degrees; sinister; applied to any case of a noun not the nominative. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  21. Placed obliquely ; certain muscles ; asymmetrical. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.

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Usage examples for oblique

  1. You will, in fact, be standing in that peculiar oblique beam of light, yourself illuminated to the general eye as the very object of chase and doomed quarry of the thing obscure to you. – The Short Works of George Meredith by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  2. Gootes, going in a direction oblique to mine, had no better success. – Greener Than You Think by Ward Moore
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