- 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
Synonyms for oblique
Examples from the Web for obliqued
Historical Examples of obliqued
At the same time the Cumberland obliqued sharply to starboard.Dave Darrin and the German Submarines
H. Irving Hancock
There was no considerable bend in the road or anything else that obliqued my men either way to any great extent.Personal Recollections and Civil War Diary, 1864
Lemuel Abijah Abbott
They were moving toward us, so we obliqued toward them, with our shadows cast long by the low sun.
When we struck the snow-patch slope we obliqued over to our trail up, and began to back track.
Meade obliqued to the right, poured in a few volleys, and drove the enemy across (p. 117) the turnpike.The Boys of '61
Charles Carleton Coffin.
- 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 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.