See also: obliqué

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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French oblique, from Latin oblīquus(slanting, sideways, indirect, envious)

PronunciationEdit

In the US Military the 'oblique' command is pronounced 'ob LIKE.'

AdjectiveEdit

oblique ‎(comparative obliquer, superlative obliquest)

  1. Not erect or perpendicular; neither parallel to, nor at right angles from, the base; slanting; inclined.
    • Cheyne
      It has a direction oblique to that of the former motion.
  2. Not straightforward; indirect; obscure; hence, disingenuous; underhand; perverse; sinister.
    • Drayton
      The love we bear our friends [] Hath in it certain oblique ends.
    • De Quincey
      This mode of oblique research, when a more direct one is denied, we find to be the only one in our power.
    • Wordsworth
      Then would be closed the restless, oblique eye / That looks for evil, like a treacherous spy.
  3. Not direct in descent; not following the line of father and son; collateral.
    • Baker
      His natural affection in a direct line was strong, in an oblique but weak.
  4. (botany) Of leaves, having the base of the blade asymmetrical, with one side lower than the other.
    •  
      Oblique leaf bases of Ulmus americana
  5. (botany) Of branches or roots, growing at an angle that is neither vertical nor horizontal.
    • A. Stokes and D. Guitard Tree Root Response to Mechanical Stress in Altman & Waisel 1997 Biology of Root Formation and Development
      Oblique and sinker roots will normally be under a greater compression stress than lateral roots.
  6. (grammar) Pertaining to the oblique case (non-nominative).
  7. (music) Employing one of the three contrapuntal motions, namely, 1. Parallel, 2. Contrary and 3. Oblique. Parallel,when two parts (voices) move in the same direction; Contrary, when they move opposite; and Oblique, when one part (voice) stays on the same note while the other moves away from or towards it.

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NounEdit

oblique ‎(plural obliques)

  1. (geometry) An oblique line.
  2. (typography) Synonym of slash/⟩.
    • 1965, Dmitri A. Borgmann, Language on Vacation, page 240:
      Initial inquiries among professional typists uncover names like slant, slant line, slash, and slash mark. Examination of typing instruction manuals discloses additional names such as diagonal and diagonal mark, and other sources provide the designation oblique.
    • 1990, John McDermott, Punctuation for Now, page 20:
      Other Chaucerian manuscripts had the virgule (or virgil or oblique: /) at the middle of lines.
  3. (grammar) The oblique case.

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VerbEdit

oblique ‎(third-person singular simple present obliques, present participle obliquing, simple past and past participle obliqued)

  1. (intransitive) To deviate from a perpendicular line; to move in an oblique direction.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      Projecting his person towards it in a line which obliqued from the bottom of his spine.
  2. (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.
  3. (transitive, computing) To slant (text, etc.) at an angle.

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin obliquus.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

oblique m, f ‎(plural obliques)

  1. oblique

VerbEdit

oblique

  1. first-person singular present indicative of obliquer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of obliquer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of obliquer
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of obliquer
  5. second-person singular imperative of obliquer

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AdjectiveEdit

oblique

  1. feminine plural of obliquo

LatinEdit

AdjectiveEdit

oblīque

  1. vocative masculine singular of oblīquus

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