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oblique

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

Definition of oblique

1 a :neither perpendicular nor parallel :inclined
  • oblique lines
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
  • In her speech she made only oblique references to the scandal.
; also :obscure
  • … much of what there is to see is nuanced and oblique — a shadow of a shadow of a shadow.
  • New Yorker
b :devious, underhanded
  • … the open, above-board fury of his mind coagulated, thickened, and sunk to a dull, evil hatred, a wicked, oblique malevolence.
  • —Frank Norris
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

obliquely

adverb

obliqueness

noun

Examples of oblique in a Sentence

  1. 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 ChenSports Illustrated8 Aug. 2005
  2. They were painted in oil paints on old-fashioned canvas. But the manner of their portrayal was oblique and enigmatic, with an element of hide-and-seek in which hiding most often won out over seeking. —John RussellNew York Times Magazine11 Nov. 1990
  3. The driveway met the street at an oblique angle, and a jutting corner of the customer's cinderblock building, a large power pole, and a berm of trash (pallets, pails, chunks of wood) made it a dogleg affair. —Bryan Di SalvatoreNew Yorker12 Sept. 1988
  4. The short lines of the letter “k” are oblique lines.

  5. gave the eavesdropper an oblique glance out of the corner of her eye

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Origin and Etymology of oblique

Middle English oblike, from Latin obliquus

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oblique

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

Definition of oblique

1 :something (such as a line) that is oblique
2 or oblique muscle :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 in a Sentence

  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. —anonymousCosmopolitanNovember 2007
  2. He hammered on my back with both fists, but I had a lot of muscle layer to protect back there. Twenty years of working on the lats and the lateral obliques. I got hold of his shirtfront with both hands and pulled him away from the wall and slammed him back up against it. —Robert B. ParkerMortal Stakes1975

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oblique

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

Definition of oblique

:at a 45 degree angle
  • To the right oblique, march!

Origin and Etymology of oblique


OBLIQUE Defined for English Language Learners

oblique

adjective

Definition of oblique for English Language Learners

  • : not direct : not stated directly

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


OBLIQUE Defined for Kids

oblique

adjective \ ō-ˈblēk , ə- \

Definition of oblique for Students

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

obliquely

adverb

Medical Dictionary

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oblique

adjective \ ō-ˈblēk , ə- , -ˈblīk \

medical Definition of oblique

1 :neither perpendicular nor parallel :being on an incline
2 :situated obliquely and having one end not inserted on bone
  • oblique muscles

obliquely

adverb

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oblique

noun
variants: or oblique muscle

medical Definition of oblique

:any of several oblique muscles: as
a :either of two flat muscles on each side that form the middle and outer layers of the lateral walls of the abdomen, that have aponeuroses extending medially to ensheathe the rectus muscles and fusing in the midventral line in the linea alba, and that act to compress the abdominal contents and to assist in expelling the contents of various visceral organs (as in urination, defecation, parturition, and expiration):
(1) :one that forms the outer layer of the lateral abdominal wall called also external oblique, obliquus externus, obliquus externus abdominis
(2) :one situated under the external oblique in the lateral and ventral part of the abdominal wall called also internal oblique, obliquus internus, obliquus internus abdominis
b (1) :a long thin extraocular muscle that arises just above the margin of the optic foramen, is inserted on the upper part of the eyeball, and moves the eye downward and laterally called also superior oblique, obliquus superior oculi
(2) :a short extraocular muscle that arises from the orbital surface of the maxilla, is inserted slightly in front of and below the superior oblique, and moves the eye upward and laterally called also inferior oblique, obliquus inferior oculi
c (1) :a muscle that arises from the superior surface of the transverse process of the atlas, passes medially upward to insert into the occipital bone, and functions to extend the head and bend it to the side called also obliquus capitis superior, obliquus superior
(2) :a muscle that arises from the apex of the spinous process of the axis, inserts into the transverse process of the atlas, and rotates the atlas turning the face in the same direction called also obliquus capitis inferior, obliquus inferior


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