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oblique

1oblique

adjective \ō-ˈblēk, ə-, -ˈblīk; military usually ī\

: not direct : not stated directly

of a line : having a slanting direction or position : neither perpendicular nor parallel

Full Definition of OBLIQUE

1
a :  neither perpendicular nor parallel :  inclined
b :  having the axis not perpendicular to the base <an oblique cone>
c :  having no right angle <an oblique triangle>
2
a :  not straightforward :  indirect; also :  obscure
b :  devious, underhanded
3
:  situated at an angle and having one end not inserted on bone <oblique muscles>
4
:  taken from an airplane with the camera directed horizontally or diagonally downward <an oblique photograph>
oblique·ly adverb
oblique·ness noun

Examples of OBLIQUE

  1. The short lines of the letter k are oblique lines.
  2. <gave the eavesdropper an oblique glance out of the corner of her eye>
  3. Harden … , who missed a month with a strained left oblique muscle, has become one of the game's most intimidating starters in just his second full big league season. —Albert Chen, Sports Illustrated, 8 Aug. 2005

Origin of OBLIQUE

Middle English oblike, from Latin obliquus
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms

abscissa, denominator, divisor, equilateral, exponent, hypotenuse, logarithm, radii, rhomb

2oblique

noun \ō-ˈblēk, ə-, -ˈblīk; military usually ī\

Definition of OBLIQUE

1
:  something (as a line) that is oblique
2
:  any of several oblique muscles; especially :  any of the thin flat muscles forming the middle and outer layers of the lateral walls of the abdomen

Examples of OBLIQUE

  1. We each received a list of every muscle group (back, inner thighs, outer thighs, quads, biceps, obliques, upper abs, etc.), with detailed comments on which ones we needed to change. —anonymous, Cosmopolitan, November 2007

Origin of OBLIQUE

(see 1oblique)
First Known Use: circa 1608

Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms

abscissa, denominator, divisor, equilateral, exponent, hypotenuse, logarithm, oblique, radii, rhomb

3oblique

adverb \ō-ˈblēk, ə-, -ˈblīk; military usually ī\

Definition of OBLIQUE

:  at a 45 degree angle <to the right oblique, march>

Origin of OBLIQUE

(see 1oblique)
First Known Use: 1687

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