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This tall, horizontally branched cactus is probably the most recognizable cactus in Arizona. What is it called?

Origin of skew

1350–1400; (v.) Middle English skewen to slip away, swerve <Middle Dutch schuwen to get out of the way, shun, derivative of schu (Dutch schuw) shy1; (adj.) derivative of the v. (probably influenced by askew); (noun) derivative of the v. and adj.

OTHER WORDS FROM skew

un·skewed, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH skew

skew , skewer
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British Dictionary definitions for skew

skew
/ (skjuː) /

adjective

noun

an oblique, slanting, or indirect course or position
psychol the system of relationships in a family in which one parent is extremely dominating while the other parent tends to be meekly compliant

verb

Word Origin for skew

C14: from Old Norman French escuer to shun, of Germanic origin; compare Middle Dutch schuwen to avoid
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Scientific definitions for skew

skew
[ skyōō ]

A transformation of coordinates in which one coordinate is displaced in one direction in proportion to its distance from a coordinate plane or axis. A rectangle, for example, that undergoes skew is transformed into a parallelogram. Also called shear
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