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# oblique

## CIDE DICTIONARY

**oblique**, a. [F., fr. L.

*obliquus*;

*ob*(see Ob-) +

*liquis*oblique; cf.

*licinus*bent upward, Gr. le`chrios slanting.].

- Not erect or perpendicular; neither parallel to, nor at right angles from, the base; slanting; inclined. [
*1913 Webster*]"It has a direction oblique to that of the former motion." [*1913 Webster*] - Not straightforward; indirect; obscure; [
*1913 Webster*]"The love we bear our friends . . .

Hath in it certain oblique ends." [*1913 Webster*]"This mode of oblique research, when a more direct one is denied, we find to be the only one in our power." [*1913 Webster*]"Then would be closed the restless, oblique eye.

That looks for evil, like a treacherous spy." [*1913 Webster*] - Not direct in descent; not following the line of father and son; collateral. [
*1913 Webster*]"His natural affection in a direct line was strong, in an oblique but weak." [*1913 Webster*]

**Oblique angle**,

**Oblique ascension**, etc.

**Oblique arch**

*(Arch.)*,

**Oblique bridge**,

**Oblique case**

*(Gram.)*,

**Oblique circle**

*(Projection)*,

**Oblique fire**

*(Mil.)*,

**Oblique flank**

*(Fort.)*,

*Wilhelm.*--

**Oblique leaf**.

*(Bot.)*

*(a)*

*(b)*

**Oblique line**

*(Geom.)*,

**Oblique motion**

*(Mus.)*,

**Oblique muscle**

*(Anat.)*,

**Oblique narration**.

**Oblique planes**

*(Dialing)*,

**Oblique sailing**

*(Naut.)*,

**Oblique speech**

*(Rhet.)*,

**Oblique sphere**

*(Astron. & Geog.)*,

**Oblique step**

*(Mil.)*,

*Wilhelm.*--

**Oblique system of coördinates**

*(Anal. Geom.)*,

**oblique**, n.

An oblique line. [

*1913 Webster*]**oblique**, v. i.

- To deviate from a perpendicular line; to move in an oblique direction. [
*1913 Webster*]"Projecting his person towards it in a line which obliqued from the bottom of his spine." [*1913 Webster*] - To march in a direction oblique to the line of the column or platoon; -- formerly accomplished by oblique steps, now by direct steps, the men half-facing either to the right or left. [
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## OXFORD DICTIONARY

**oblique**, adj., n., & v.

--adj.

1 a slanting; declining from the vertical or horizontal. b diverging from a straight line or course.

2 not going straight to the point; roundabout, indirect.

3 Geom. a (of a line, plane figure, or surface) inclined at other than a right angle. b (of an angle) acute or obtuse. c (of a cone, cylinder, etc.) with an axis not perpendicular to the plane of its base.

4 Anat. neither parallel nor perpendicular to the long axis of a body or limb.

5 Bot. (of a leaf) with unequal sides.

6 Gram. denoting any case other than the nominative or vocative.

--n.

1 an oblique stroke (/).

2 an oblique muscle.

--v.intr. (obliques, obliqued, obliquing) esp. Mil. advance obliquely.

Idiom

oblique oration (or speech) = reported speech (see REPORT). oblique sphere see SPHERE.

Derivative

obliquely adv. obliqueness n. obliquity n.

Etymology

ME f. F f. L obliquus

## THESAURUS

**oblique**

O-shaped, across, ambagious, angle, angle off, angling, askew, aslant, athwart, atilt, awry, backhand, backhanded, banked, banking, bear off, bend, bias, cambered, canted, canting, circuitous, circular, circumlocutional, circumlocutory, clandestine, collateral, crook, crooked, cross, crossway, crossways, crosswise, deceitful, deceptive, deflect, deflectional, deviant, deviate, deviating, deviative, devious, diagonal, digressive, discursive, divagate, divagational, diverge, divergent, diverging, evasive, excursive, false, furtive, helical, implied, inclined, inclining, indirect, leaning, left-handed, meandering, oblique angle, oblique figure, oblique line, offhand, orbital, out-of-the-way, overthwart, periphrastic, pitched, pitching, rhomboid, rotary, round, roundabout, scratch comma, separatrix, sheer, side, sidelong, sinister, sinistral, skew, slant, slanted, slanting, slash, sloped, sloping, slue, sly, solidus, spiral, surreptitious, sway, swerve, thwart, tilted, tilting, tipped, transversal, transverse, traverse, turn, twist, underhanded, veer, virgule
## ROGET THESAURUS

**oblique**

### Angularity

**N**angularity, angularness, aduncity, angle, cusp, bend, fold, notch, fork, bifurcation, elbow, knee, knuckle, ankle, groin, crotch, crutch, crane, fluke, scythe, sickle, zigzag, kimbo, akimbo, corner, nook, recess, niche, oriel, coign, right angle, obliquity, angle of 45 degrees, miter, acute angle, obtuse angle, salient angle, reentering angle, spherical angle, angular measurement, angular elevation, angular distance, angular velocity, trigonometry, goniometry, altimetry, clinometer, graphometer, goniometer, theodolite, sextant, quadrant, dichotomy, triangle, trigon, wedge, rectangle, square, lozenge, diamond, rhomb, rhombus, quadrangle, quadrilateral, parallelogram, quadrature, polygon, pentagon, hexagon, heptagon, octagon, oxygon, decagon, pyramid, cone, Platonic bodies, cube, rhomboid, tetrahedron, pentahedron, hexahedron, octahedron, dodecahedron, icosahedron, eicosahedron, prism, pyramid, parallelopiped, curb roof, gambrel roof, mansard roof, angular, bent, crooked, aduncous, uncinated, aquiline, jagged, serrated, falciform, falcated, furcated, forked, bifurcate, zigzag, furcular, hooked, dovetailed, knock kneed, crinkled, akimbo, kimbo, geniculated, oblique, fusiform, wedge-shaped, cuneiform, cuneate, multangular, oxygonal, triangular, trigonal, trilateral, quadrangular, quadrilateral, foursquare, rectangular, square, multilateral, polygonal, cubical, rhomboid, rhomboidal, pyramidal.

### Curvature

**N**curvature, curvity, curvation, incurvature, incurvity, incurvation, bend, flexure, flexion, flection, conflexure, crook, hook, bought, bending, deflection, deflexion, inflection, inflexion, concameration, arcuation, devexity, turn, deviation, detour, sweep, curl, curling, bough, recurvity, recurvation, sinuosity, kink, carve, arc, arch, arcade, vault, bow, crescent, half-moon, lunule, horseshoe, loop, crane neck, parabola, hyperbola, helix, spiral, catenary, festoon, conchoid, cardioid, caustic, tracery, arched ceiling, arched roof, bay window, bow window, sine curve, spline, spline curve, spline function, obliquity, curved, curviform, curvilineal, curvilinear, devex, devious, recurved, recurvous, crump, bowed, vaulted, hooked, falciform, falcated, semicircular, crescentic, sinusoid, parabolic, paraboloid, luniform, lunular, semilunar, conchoidal, helical, double helical, spiral, kinky, cordiform, cordated, cardioid, heart shaped, bell shaped, boat shaped, crescent shaped, lens shaped, moon shaped, oar shaped, shield shaped, sickle shaped, tongue shaped, pear shaped, fig shaped, kidney-shaped, reniform, lentiform, lenticular, bow-legged, oblique, circular, aduncated, arclike, arcuate, arched, beaked, bicorn, bicornuous, bicornute, clypeate, clypeiform, cymbiform, embowed, galeiform, hamate, hamiform, hamous, hooked, linguiform, lingulate, lobiform, lunate, navicular, peltate, remiform, rhamphoid, rostrate, rostriferous, rostroid, scutate, scaphoid, uncate, unguiculate, unguiform.

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