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Origin of skew

First recorded in 1350–1400; (verb) Middle English skewen “to slip away, swerve,” from Middle Dutch schuwen “to get out of the way, shun,” derivative of schu (Dutch schuw ) shy1; (adjective) derivative of the verb (probably influenced by askew); the noun is derivative of the verb and 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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