See also: obliqué
- (UK) IPA(key): /əˈbliːk/
- IPA(key): /oʊˈbliːk/
- (US military command) IPA(key): /ɑːbˈlaik/
- Rhymes: -iːk
- Hyphenation: ob‧lique
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- Not erect or perpendicular; not parallel to, or at right angles from, the base
- 1725, George Cheyne, Philosophical Principles of Religion, page 16:
- when it has a Direction oblique to that of the former Motion, it is either added to, or subtracted from the former Motion
- Not straightforward; obscure or confusing
- 1840, Thomas De Quincey, “Style. No. II”, in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, page 387:
- This mode of oblique research, where a more direct one is denied, we find to be the only one in our power.
- disingenuous; underhand; morally corrupt
- 1630, Michael Drayton, “The Third Nimphall”, in The Muses Elyzium:
- For the love we bear our friends, / Tho nere so strongly grounded, / Hath in it certain oblique ends / If to the bottome sounded
- 1849, William Wordsworth, “Humanity”, in The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth:
- Then would be closed the restless, oblique eye / That looks for evil, like a treacherous spy
- Not direct in descent; not following the line of father and son; collateral.
- 1665, Richard Baker, “The Reign of King Henry the First”, in A Chronicle of the Kings of England, page 49:
- His natural affection in a direct line was strong; in an oblique, but weak; for no man ever loved Children more, or a Brother less.
- (botany, of leaves) Having the base of the blade asymmetrical, with one side lower than the other.
- 1892, Leo Lesquereux, The Flora of the Dakota Group, page 78:
- Leaves long, lanceolate, tapering upward from the middle to an acute point, […] secondaries very oblique, distinct, alternate, parallel, curved in transversing the blade
- (botany, of branches or roots) Growing at an angle that is neither vertical nor horizontal.
- 1997, A. Stokes and D. Guitard, “Tree Root Response to Mechanical Stress”, in Arie Altman & Yoav Waisel, editors, Biology of Root Formation and Development, page 233:
- Oblique and sinker roots will normally be under a greater compression stress than lateral roots.
- (grammar) Pertaining to the oblique case (non-nominative).
- (grammar, of speech or narration) Indirect; employing the actual words of the speaker but as related by a third person, having the first person in pronoun and verb converted into the third person and adverbs of present time into the past, etc.
- (music) Employing oblique motion, motion or progression in which one part (voice) stays on the same note while another ascends or descends.
- 1837, Allan Cunningham, “Music”, in The Popular Encyclopedia, page 109:
- In passing from the minor third to unison, the motion ought to be oblique, but from the major third to unison the motion ought to be similar
- oblique angle
- oblique arch
- oblique arytenoid
- oblique ascension
- oblique bridge
- oblique case
- oblique circle
- oblique contour
- oblique cord
- oblique correction
- oblique dendrite
- oblique effect
- oblique fabric
- oblique fire
- oblique flank
- oblique foliation
- oblique fracture
- oblique head
- oblique icebreaker
- oblique illumination
- oblique intent
- oblique ligament
- oblique line
- oblique motion
- oblique muscle
- oblique narration
- oblique order
- oblique plane
- oblique projection
- oblique pyramid
- oblique reflection
- oblique ridge
- oblique sailing
- oblique shock
- oblique shock wave
- oblique speech
- oblique sphere
- oblique stem
- oblique step
- oblique strain
- Oblique Strategies
- oblique stroke
- oblique system of coordinates
- oblique type
- oblique wing
not erect or perpendicular
not straightforward; indirect; obscure; hence, disingenuous; underhand; perverse; sinister
not direct in descent; not following the line of father and son; collateral
oblique (plural obliques)
- (geometry) An oblique line.
- (typography) Synonym of ⟨/⟩.
- 1965, Dmitri A. Borgmann, Language on Vacation, page 240:
- 1990, John McDermott, Punctuation for Now, page 20:
- (grammar) The oblique case.
- (typography): See slash
- (intransitive) To deviate from a perpendicular line; to become askew;
- 1814, Sir Walter Scott, Waverly:
- he sat upon the edge of his chair […] and achieved a communication with his plate by projecting his person towards it in a line which obliqued from the bottom of his spine
- (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.
- (transitive, computing) To slant (text, etc.) at an angle.
oblique (plural obliques)
- first-person singular present indicative of
- third-person singular present indicative of
- first-person singular present subjunctive of
- third-person singular present subjunctive of
- second-person singular imperative of
- “oblique” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).