Oblique Definition

ō-blēk, ə-blēk
obliqued, obliques, obliquing, obliquer, obliquest
adjective
obliquer, obliquest
Having a slanting position or direction; neither perpendicular nor horizontal; not level or upright; inclined.
Webster's New World
Not straight to the point; not straightforward; indirect.
Webster's New World
Situated in a slanting position; not transverse or longitudinal.
Oblique muscles or ligaments.
American Heritage Medicine
Indirectly aimed at or attained.
Oblique results.
Webster's New World
Evasive, disingenuous, underhanded, etc.
Webster's New World
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noun
obliques
An oblique angle, muscle, etc.
Webster's New World
The act of changing course by less than 90°.
American Heritage
The punctuation sign "/"
Wiktionary
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adverb
At an angle of 45°.
American Heritage
With a change of direction of approximately 45 degrees.
Webster's New World
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verb
obliqued, obliques
To veer from the perpendicular; slant.
Webster's New World
(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.
Wiktionary

Other Word Forms of Oblique

Noun

Singular:
oblique
Plural:
obliques

Adjective

Base Form:
oblique
Comparative:
obliquer
Superlative:
obliquest

Origin of Oblique

  • From Middle English, oblike, from Latin oblÄ«quus (“slanting, sideways, indirect, envious")

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin oblīquus

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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