verb (used without object), o·bliqued, o·bliqu·ing.
Origin of oblique
Examples from the Web for oblique
The definition of “innuendo,” according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is “an oblique allusion.”Bill Cosby’s Long List of Accusers (So Far): 18 Alleged Sexual Assault Victims Between 1965-2004|Marlow Stern|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Playlist, on the other hand, called it “too oblique, too delighted with itself, and frankly, too dull to admire…much.”Josh Charles on Life After ‘The Good Wife’ and His Insane Movie ‘Bird People’|Kevin Fallon|September 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
An oblique view of baseball full of hijinks, havoc, and humor, this is fandom to the extreme.Home Runs, Frozen Ropes, And Some Wild Cards In Best Baseball Books|Robert Birnbaum|April 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The historical event, however, serves as an oblique background for the novel.
The columns are frequently laced with oblique references to her family.Pippa and The Middletons Face New 'Cashing-In' Allegations|Tom Sykes|December 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I have applied this term to the oblique descent made by the umbo, towards the basal extremity of the anterior side of bivalves.Zoological Illustrations, Volume III|William Swainson
The rain pours down without stay in oblique long lines, the light is quickly failing, the street is sad and very cheerless.The Land of The Blessed Virgin; Sketches and Impressions in Andalusia|William Somerset Maugham
In every other spot the fire must necessarily be oblique, which would seriously militate against the success of the experiment.
It is only in a too literal spirit that one will find an oblique meaning,—by too great readiness to discover it.Symphonies and Their Meaning; Third Series, Modern Symphonies|Philip H. Goepp
These consist of four straight muscles, two oblique, and one retractor.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse|United States Department of Agriculture
British Dictionary definitions for oblique
- (of lines, planes, etc) neither perpendicular nor parallel to one another or to another line, plane, etc
- not related to or containing a right angle
Word Origin for oblique
Word Origin and History for oblique
early 15c., from Middle French oblique (14c.) and directly from Latin obliquus "slanting, sidelong, indirect," from ob "against" (see ob-) + root of licinus "bent upward," from PIE root *lei- "to bend, be movable" (see limb (n.1)). As a type of muscles, in reference to the axis of the body, 1610s (adj.), 1800 (n.). Related: Obliquely; obliqueness.