- neither perpendicular nor parallel to a given line or surface; slanting; sloping.
- (of a solid) not having the axis perpendicular to the plane of the base.
- diverging from a given straight line or course.
- not straight or direct, as a course.
- indirectly stated or expressed; not straightforward: oblique remarks about the candidate's honesty.
- indirectly aimed at or reached, as ends or results; deviously achieved.
- morally, ethically, or mentally wrong; underhand; perverse.
- Typography. (of a letter) slanting toward the right, as a form of sans-serif, gothic, or square-serif type.
- Rhetoric. indirect (applied to discourse in which the original words of a speaker or writer are assimilated to the language of the reporter).
- Anatomy. pertaining to muscles running obliquely in the body as opposed to those running transversely or longitudinally.
- Botany. having unequal sides, as a leaf.
- Grammar. noting or pertaining to any case of noun inflection except nominative and vocative: Latin genitive, dative, accusative, and ablative cases are said to be oblique.
- Drafting. designating a method of projection (oblique projection) in which a three-dimensional object is represented by a drawing (oblique drawing) in which the face, usually parallel to the picture plane, is represented in accurate or exact proportion, and all other faces are shown at any convenient angle other than 90°.Compare axonometric, cabinet(def 19), isometric(def 5).
- Military. at an angle of 45°.
- Military. to change direction obliquely.
- something that is oblique.
- Grammar. an oblique case.
- Anatomy. any of several oblique muscles, especially in the walls of the abdomen.
Origin of oblique
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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
November 24, 2014
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’
September 13, 2014
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
April 11, 2014
The historical event, however, serves as an oblique background for the novel.Yiyun Li Takes on Evil in “Kinder Than Solitude”
February 27, 2014
The columns are frequently laced with oblique references to her family.Pippa and The Middletons Face New 'Cashing-In' Allegations
December 4, 2013
This is an oblique way of saying that Marduk succeeded where Ea failed.The Babylonian Legends of the Creation
His Highness held the bottle at an oblique angle with the chandelier.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
The launch, bathed in its oblique rays, could not lose sight of it.
They are tied so that they stand in a vertical or oblique position.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
Oblique: any direction between perpendicular and horizontal.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
- at an angle; slanting; sloping
- (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
- indirect or evasive
- grammar denoting any case of nouns, pronouns, etc, other than the nominative and vocative
- biology having asymmetrical sides or planesan oblique leaf
- (of a map projection) constituting a type of zenithal projection in which the plane of projection is tangential to the earth's surface at some point between the equator and the poles
- something oblique, esp a line
- another name for solidus (def. 1)
- nautical the act of changing course by less than 90°
- an aerial photograph taken at an oblique angle
- to take or have an oblique direction
- (of a military formation) to move forward at an angle
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.
- Situated in a slanting position; not transverse or longitudinal.