[ uh-blik-wi-tee, oh-blik- ]
/ əˈblɪk wɪ ti, oʊˈblɪk- /

noun, plural o·bliq·ui·ties.

Nearby words

  1. oblique section,
  2. oblique triangle,
  3. oblique vein of left atrium,
  4. oblique-slip fault,
  5. obliquely,
  6. obliquity of the ecliptic,
  7. obliterate,
  8. obliterating endarteritis,
  9. obliteration,
  10. obliterative

Origin of obliquity

1375–1425; late Middle English obliquitee < Middle French obliquite < Latin oblīquitās, equivalent to oblīqu(us) oblique + -itās -ity

Related formso·bliq·ui·tous, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for obliquity


/ (əˈblɪkwɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the state or condition of being oblique
a deviation from the perpendicular or horizontal
a moral or mental deviation
Also called: obliquity of the ecliptic astronomy the angle between the plane of the earth's orbit and that of the celestial equator, equal to approximately 23° 27′ at present
Derived Formsobliquitous, adjective

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Word Origin and History for obliquity



early 15c., from Middle French obliquité (14c.), from Latin obliquitatem (nominative obliquitas) "slanting direction, obliquity," noun of quality from obliquus (see oblique).

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Medicine definitions for obliquity


[ ō-blĭkwĭ-tē, ə-blĭk- ]



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