Origin of oblique

1400–50; late Middle English oblike < Latin oblīquus slanting; see ob- (second element obscure)
Related formso·blique·ness, nounsub·o·blique, adjectivesub·o·blique·ly, adverbsub·o·blique·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for oblique

oblique

/ (əˈbliːk) /

adjective

noun

verb (intr)

to take or have an oblique direction
(of a military formation) to move forward at an angle
Derived Formsobliquely, adverbobliqueness, noun

Word Origin for oblique

C15: from Old French, from Latin oblīquus, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for oblique

oblique


adj.

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.

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Medicine definitions for oblique

oblique

[ ō-blēk, ə-blēk ]

adj.

Situated in a slanting position; not transverse or longitudinal.
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