oblique

adjective
\ ō-ˈblēk How to pronounce oblique (audio) , ə-, -ˈblīk; military usually -ˈblīk How to pronounce oblique (audio) \

Definition of oblique

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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
2a : 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

oblique

noun
\ ō-ˈblēk How to pronounce oblique (audio) , ə-, -ˈblīk; military usually -ˈblīk\

Definition of oblique (Entry 2 of 3)

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

oblique

adverb
\ ō-ˈblēk How to pronounce oblique (audio) , ə-, -ˈblīk; military usually -ˈblīk\

Definition of oblique (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Other Words from oblique

Adjective

obliquely adverb
obliqueness noun

Examples of oblique in a Sentence

Adjective

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 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 Russell, New York Times Magazine, 11 Nov. 1990 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 Salvatore, New Yorker, 12 Sept. 1988 The short lines of the letter “k” are oblique lines. gave the eavesdropper an oblique glance out of the corner of her eye

Noun

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 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. Parker, Mortal Stakes, 1975

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

And depending on the status of Cole Hamels, out indefinitely with an oblique strain, the rotation might benefit from some of Epstein’s creativity even if Yu Darvish continues his overdue ascent. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Don’t wait until Joe Maddon is gone from the Cubs to realize how great he has been," 15 July 2019 Then Fowler got hurt — an oblique muscle strain on his right side. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Rickie Fowler, Make-A-Wish and the walk of a lifetime at Detroit Golf Club," 30 June 2019 To create room on the 25-man roster, catcher Tucker Barnhart was placed on the 10-day IL with a right oblique strain. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Scooter Gennett returns to Cincinnati Reds; Tucker Barnhart placed on 10-day injured list," 28 June 2019 The 36-year-old Welsh native’s approach in song crafting always felt strikingly off-kilter by throwing convention to the wind with oblique lyric phrasing and elliptical guitar riffs. Washington Post, "14 things to do in the D.C. area this week," 24 June 2019 Rockwell’s pictures were a more oblique type of propaganda, drawing on the head as much as on the heart. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "A Closer Look at Rockwell’s Four Freedoms," 22 June 2019 Closer Wade Davis, sidelined since May 19 with a left oblique strain, also was activated Friday. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon, Wade Davis return from IL for Mets series," 7 June 2019 Judge, meanwhile, is working his way back from a strained oblique suffered in early April and should be ready to go next weekend. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "What Does Edwin Encarnacion Trade Mean for the Yankees and the AL Playoff Race?," 15 June 2019 Several candidates offered oblique critiques of Mr. Biden’s record and candidacy. New York Times, "Democrats Descend on Iowa for a Chance to Break Through," 9 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Fellow catcher Seby Zavala got the call in May, now Collins gets his turn, as the Sox also placed veteran backstop Welington Castillo on the 10-day injured list with a strained left oblique. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "White Sox call up catcher Zack Collins and reinstate pitcher Jace Fry," 18 June 2019 Then, during the twisting portion, make sure that your thighs stay squeezed together and that your knees point out straight so that the twist comes from your obliques, not your hips, says Mansour. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Work Your Entire Core With This Stability Ball Exercise From Celebrity Trainer Astrid Swan," 10 Apr. 2019 Targets the core, especially the rectus abdominis and obliques. 6. SELF, "A 15-Minute No-Equipment Core Workout You Can Do at Home," 18 Jan. 2019 From there, the forward lunge engages your quads, core, and glutes, and the stationary lunge with the weighted element engages your obliques (the muscles on the sides of your stomach), Zadeh says. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Hailey Bieber Strengthens Her Core and Lower Half With This One 4-Part Exercise," 4 Jan. 2019 Because the obliques come into play to some extent in almost everything a person does, even breathing, injuries tend to linger. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What's an oblique? Explaining the pesky strain that's keeping baseball players down," 23 Apr. 2018 Kennedy on the shelf: Right-hander Ian Kennedy, who was scheduled to start Wednesday's series finale against Cleveland, was placed on the 10-day disabled list because of a strained left oblique. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Danny Duffy serves up slam as Royals fall to Indians, lose 60th game of season," 3 July 2018 The job of the external obliques here is to hold your lower spine in place. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Strengthen Your Core and Shoulders With Adriana Lima's Challenging Battle Rope Plank," 13 June 2018 In addition to sculpting your butt, this move challenges your obliques and transverse abdominis, aka your waist-cinching muscles. NBC News, "5 simple exercises for stronger, tighter glutes," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of oblique

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

circa 1608, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1687, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oblique

Adjective

Middle English oblique, oblike, borrowed from Anglo-French oblic, oblique, borrowed from Latin oblīquus "slanting, transverse," from ob- "against, facing" + -līquus, of uncertain meaning and origin — more at ob-

Noun

derivative of oblique entry 1

Adverb

derivative of oblique entry 1

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oblique

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of oblique

: not direct : not stated directly
of a line : having a slanting direction or position : neither perpendicular nor parallel

oblique

adjective
\ ō-ˈblēk How to pronounce oblique (audio) , ə-\

Kids Definition of oblique

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

Other Words from oblique

obliquely adverb

oblique

adjective
\ ō-ˈblēk How to pronounce oblique (audio) , ə- How to pronounce oblique (audio) , -ˈblīk\

Medical Definition of oblique

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Other Words from oblique

obliquely adverb

oblique

noun
variants: or oblique muscle

Medical Definition of oblique (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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