Oblique meaning

ō-blēk, ə-blēk
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.

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Not straight to the point; not straightforward; indirect.
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The act of changing course by less than 90°.
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Situated in a slanting position; not transverse or longitudinal.

Oblique muscles or ligaments.

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Having a slanting position or direction; neither perpendicular nor horizontal; not level or upright; inclined.
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With its axis not perpendicular to its base.

An oblique cone.

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Having the part on one side of the midrib of a different size or shape than the part on the other side. Used of a leaf.
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Not direct in descent; collateral.
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Designating any noun case except the nominative or the vocative.
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An oblique thing, such as a line, direction, or muscle.
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At an angle of 45°.
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Evasive, disingenuous, underhanded, etc.
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Indirectly aimed at or attained.

Oblique results.

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Designating or of any of certain muscles obliquely placed and attached.
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Having the sides unequal, as some leaves.
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Designating or of any case except the nominative and the vocative.
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An oblique angle, muscle, etc.
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To veer from the perpendicular; slant.
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With a change of direction of approximately 45 degrees.
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An oblique thing, such as a line, direction, or muscle.
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Sloping, slanting, or indirect, i.e., neither perpendicular nor parallel. See also angle of incidence and obtuse.
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Not erect or perpendicular; neither parallel to, nor at right angles from, the base; slanting; inclined.
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Not straightforward; indirect; obscure; hence, disingenuous; underhand; perverse; sinister.
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Not direct in descent; not following the line of father and son; collateral.
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(botany, of leaves) Having the base of the blade asymmetrical, with one side larger or extending further than the other.
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(geometry) An oblique line.
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The punctuation sign "/"
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(grammar) The oblique case.
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To deviate from a perpendicular line; to move in an oblique direction.
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(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.
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Situated in a slanting position; not transverse or longitudinal.

Oblique muscles or ligaments.

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Origin of oblique

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin oblīquus

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

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

    From Wiktionary