- The definition of oblique is slanted or tilted direction. It also refers to something that is misleading or not straight to the point.
- An example of oblique is a kitchen table that isn't arranged straight in the center of the kitchen, but that is instead tilted at an angle away from the walls and cabinets.
- An example of oblique is an argument that has no clear point or thesis to it.
oblique definition by Webster's New World
- having a slanting position or direction; neither perpendicular nor horizontal; not level or upright; inclined
- not straight to the point; not straightforward; indirect
- evasive, disingenuous, underhanded, etc.
- indirectly aimed at or attained: oblique results
- Anat. designating or of any of certain muscles obliquely placed and attached
- Bot. having the sides unequal, as some leaves
- Geom. with its axis not perpendicular to its base: an oblique cone
- Gram. designating or of any case except the nominative and the vocative
Origin: Middle English oblike ; from Classical Latin obliquus ; from ob- (see ob-) plush liquis, awry ; from Indo-European an unverified form leik-, variant, variety of base an unverified form elei-, to bend from source ell
oblique definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. Having a slanting or sloping direction, course, or position; inclined.b. Mathematics Designating geometric lines or planes that are neither parallel nor perpendicular.
- Botany Having sides of unequal length or form: an oblique leaf.
- Anatomy Situated in a slanting position; not transverse or longitudinal: oblique muscles or ligaments.
- a. Indirect or evasive: oblique political maneuvers.b. Devious, misleading, or dishonest: gave oblique answers to the questions.
- Not direct in descent; collateral.
- Grammar Designating any noun case except the nominative or the vocative.
- An oblique thing, such as a line, direction, or muscle.
- Nautical The act of changing course by less than 90°.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin oblīquus.
- o·bliqueˈly adverb
- o·bliqueˈness noun
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