Definitions of oblique

  1. To move forward to the right or left, by stepping sideways. An oblique angle, an angle greater or less than a right angle. An oblique plane, a plane that declines from the zenith. An oblique projection, where a body is projected in a line, making an oblique angle with the horizontal line. An oblique sphere, that in which the axis of the earth is inclined to the horizon of the place. An oblique case, any case except the nominative.
  2. To deviate from a perpendicular line; to move in an oblique direction.
  3. 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.
  4. any grammatical case other than the nominative
  5. An oblique line.
  6. Obliqueness.
  7. Obiquity.
  8. slanting or inclined in direction or course or position-- neither parallel nor perpendicular nor right- angular; " the oblique rays of the winter sun"; " acute and obtuse angles are oblique angles"; " the axis of an oblique cone is not perpendicular to its base"
  9. a diagonally arranged abdominal muscle on either side of the torso
  10. Not erect or perpendicular; neither parallel to, nor at right angles from, the base; slanting; inclined.
  11. Not straightforward; indirect; obscure; hence, disingenuous; underhand; perverse; sinister.
  12. Not direct in descent; not following the line of father and son; collateral.
  13. Not horizontal nor perpendicular; not upright nor level; slanting; not direct or straight forward.
  14. Slanting: not perpendicular: not parallel: not straightforward: obscure: ( geom.) not a right angle: ( gram.) denoting any case except the nominative.
  15. Slanting; not perpendicular, not parallel; indirect.
  16. Neither perpendicular nor horizontal; slanting; sloping.
  17. Evasive; indirect.
  18. Slanting; neither perpendicular nor parallel; indirect; sinister.
  19. Deviating from a right line; not parallel; aslant; not direct; by a side glance; not an angle of 90 degrees; sinister; applied to any case of a noun not the nominative.
  20. Placed obliquely ; certain muscles ; asymmetrical.