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 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 Williams fractured his hand in an off-field incident with a week remaining in the season and Suter did not make the NLDS roster because of a slight oblique strain suffered in the final game in Los Angeles. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Oct. 2021 He won’t be hurried back from an oblique strain just to face some hitters before the postseason. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Oct. 2021 It was later reported that Daniels injured an oblique muscle. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 11 Sep. 2021 Two hours after the deadline passed, Chris Paddack strained an oblique muscle. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Aug. 2021 Flaherty tore his oblique muscle during a Monday start at Dodger Stadium; his absence will be measured in months, not weeks. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 3 June 2021 Lindor missed more than five weeks in the second half with an oblique injury and didn’t emerge from an extended slump until too late. Mike Fitzpatrick, courant.com, 4 Oct. 2021 Lindor missed more than five weeks in the second half with an oblique injury and didn’t emerge from his season-long slump until too late. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Oct. 2021 That easy win against the Blazers came without JT Daniels, who missed the game due to an oblique injury. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 24 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Manager Craig Counsell said tweaked his oblique in batting practice a few days earlier and the Brewers had been playing with only one healthy catcher, Omar Narváez. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 Sep. 2021 Since the Orioles were in New York Labor Day weekend, Mancini has been nursing a sore oblique. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, 14 Sep. 2021 The star shortstop, obtained from Cleveland in a blockbuster deal last winter, is sidelined with a strained oblique and not expected back until at least mid-to-late August. Mike Fitzpatrick, Star Tribune, 30 July 2021 Seattle backup safety Ryan Neal also went to the locker room in the first half following a big hit with a strained oblique and did not return to the game. Tim Booth, ajc, 22 Aug. 2021 Lindor has missed more than a month with a strained oblique, and the shortstop the Mets acquired at the trade deadline, Javier Baez, is basically Dave Kingman with a Gold Glove. New York Times, 18 Aug. 2021 Lindor is sidelined with a strained oblique and isn't expected back until at least mid-to-late August. Mike Fitzpatrick, ajc, 30 July 2021 Lindor is sidelined with a strained oblique and isn’t expected back until at least mid-to-late August. BostonGlobe.com, 30 July 2021 Crawford missed nine games with a strained left oblique and, in his first at-bat Thursday, doubled home two runs. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Anderson, sidelined the past two weeks with a strained left oblique, hit his second homer of the season in the first inning off Riley Smith. Chris Coppola, The Arizona Republic, 4 May 2021 Anderson, sidelined the past two weeks with a strained left oblique, hit his second homer of the season in the first inning off Riley Smith. Steven Wine, sun-sentinel.com, 4 May 2021 Wong, who has been sidelined with a strained left oblique, is eligible to be activated Tuesday. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Apr. 2021 Closer Julian Merryweather went on the 10-day IL with a strained left oblique. Mark Didtler, Star Tribune, 14 Apr. 2021

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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

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

oblique

noun

English Language Learners Definition of oblique (Entry 2 of 2)

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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