Associations to the word «Oblique»


OBLIQUE, adjective. Not erect or perpendicular; neither parallel to, nor at right angles from, the base; slanting; inclined.
OBLIQUE, adjective. Not straightforward; indirect; obscure; hence, disingenuous; underhand; perverse; sinister.
OBLIQUE, adjective. Not direct in descent; not following the line of father and son; collateral.
OBLIQUE, adjective. (botany) (of leaves) Having the base of the blade asymmetrical, with one side larger or extending further than the other.
OBLIQUE, noun. (geometry) An oblique line.
OBLIQUE, noun. The punctuation sign "/"
OBLIQUE, noun. (grammar) The oblique case.
OBLIQUE, verb. (intransitive) To deviate from a perpendicular line; to move in an oblique direction.
OBLIQUE, verb. (military) 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.
OBLIQUE, verb. (transitive) (computing) To slant (text, etc.) at an angle.
OBLIQUE ANGLE, noun. (geometry) Any angle that is not a right angle or multiple of right angles.
OBLIQUE ANGLES, noun. Plural of oblique angle
OBLIQUE ARCH, noun. (architecture) An arch whose span is not at right angles to the face.
OBLIQUE ARCHES, noun. Plural of oblique arch
OBLIQUE BRIDGE, noun. A skew bridge
OBLIQUE CASE, noun. (grammar) Any noun case except the nominative case (and sometimes the vocative case), where the noun is the object of a verb or the object of a preposition.
OBLIQUE CASES, noun. Plural of oblique case
OBLIQUE CIRCLE, noun. (projection) a circle whose plane is oblique to the axis of the primitive plane
OBLIQUE CIRCLES, noun. Plural of oblique circle
OBLIQUE FIRE, noun. (military) fire the direction of which is not perpendicular to the line fired at.
OBLIQUE FLANK, noun. (fortifications) that part of the curtain whence the fire of the opposite bastion may be discovered.
OBLIQUE LINE, noun. (geometry) a line that, meeting or tending to meet another, makes oblique angles with it.
OBLIQUE LINES, noun. Plural of oblique line
OBLIQUE MOTION, noun. (music) a kind of motion or progression in which one part ascends or descends, while the other prolongs or repeats the same tone, as in the accompanying example.
OBLIQUE MUSCLE, noun. (anatomy) A muscle acting in a direction oblique to the mesial plane of the body, or to the associated muscles, applied especially to two muscles of the eyeball.
OBLIQUE MUSCLES, noun. Plural of oblique muscle
OBLIQUE NARRATION, noun. Oblique speech
OBLIQUE PLANE, noun. A plane which declines from the zenith, or inclines toward the horizon
OBLIQUE PLANES, noun. Plural of oblique plane
OBLIQUE RHYME, noun. Half rhyme
OBLIQUE RHYMES, noun. Plural of oblique rhyme
OBLIQUE SAILING, noun. (nautical) the movement of a ship when she sails upon some rhumb between the four cardinal points, making an oblique angle with the meridian.
OBLIQUE SPEECH, noun. (rhetoric) speech which is quoted indirectly, or in a different person from that employed by the original speaker
OBLIQUE SPHERE, noun. (astronomy) (geography) The celestial or terrestrial sphere when its axis is oblique to the horizon of the place; or as it appears to an observer at any point on the earth except the poles and the equator.
OBLIQUE STEP, noun. (military) a step in marching, by which a soldier, while advancing, gradually takes ground to the right or left at an angle of about 25 degrees.
OBLIQUE SYSTEM OF COORDINATES, noun. (analytic geometry) A system in which the coordinate axes are oblique to each other.

Dictionary definition

OBLIQUE, noun. Any grammatical case other than the nominative.
OBLIQUE, noun. A diagonally arranged abdominal muscle on either side of the torso.
OBLIQUE, adjective. Slanting or inclined in direction or course or position--neither parallel nor perpendicular nor right-angled; "the oblique rays of the winter sun"; "acute and obtuse angles are oblique angles"; "the axis of an oblique cone is not perpendicular to its base".
OBLIQUE, adjective. Indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way; misleading; "used devious means to achieve success"; "gave oblique answers to direct questions"; "oblique political maneuvers".

Wise words

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