- the state of being oblique.
- divergence from moral conduct, rectitude, etc.; immorality, dishonesty, or the like.
- an instance of such divergence.
- mental perversity.
- an instance of mental perversity.
- an inclination or a degree of inclination.
- a confusing or obscure statement or passage of writing, especially one deliberately made obscure.
- Also called obliquity of the ecliptic. Astronomy. the angle between the plane of the earth's orbit and that of the earth's equator, equal to 23°27′; the inclination of the earth's equator.
Origin of obliquity
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Examples from the Web for obliquity
The obliquity of vision of the European residents on all these points is extraordinary.Appearances
Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
I repeated, a little astonished by this obliquity in a man customarily so direct.The Prairie Mother
Periodic changes in the form and obliquity of the earth's orbit.Pioneers of Science
Abbategnia decided the obliquity of the ecliptic to be 23 25.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology
They found the length of the year, and calculated the obliquity of the ecliptic.
- 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
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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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