Definitions of oblique

  1. indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way; misleading; " used devious means to achieve success"; " gave oblique answers to direct questions"; " oblique political maneuvers"
  2. 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"
  3. any grammatical case other than the nominative
  4. a diagonally arranged abdominal muscle on either side of the torso
  5. Not erect or perpendicular; neither parallel to, nor at right angles from, the base; slanting; inclined.
  6. Not straightforward; indirect; obscure; hence, disingenuous; underhand; perverse; sinister.
  7. Not direct in descent; not following the line of father and son; collateral.
  8. An oblique line.
  9. To deviate from a perpendicular line; to move in an oblique direction.
  10. Obliquely.
  11. 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.
  12. Not horizontal nor perpendicular; not upright nor level; slanting; not direct or straight forward.
  13. Obliqueness.
  14. Slanting: not perpendicular: not parallel: not straightforward: obscure: ( geom.) not a right angle: ( gram.) denoting any case except the nominative.
  15. Obiquity.
  16. Slanting; not perpendicular, not parallel; indirect.
  17. Neither perpendicular nor horizontal; slanting; sloping.
  18. Evasive; indirect.
  19. Slanting; neither perpendicular nor parallel; indirect; sinister.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Placed obliquely ; certain muscles ; asymmetrical.

Usage examples for oblique

  1. You will, in fact, be standing in that peculiar oblique beam of light, yourself illuminated to the general eye as the very object of chase and doomed quarry of the thing obscure to you. – The Short Works of George Meredith by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  2. Gootes, going in a direction oblique to mine, had no better success. – Greener Than You Think by Ward Moore
  3. Then, leaning forward, he gave him a keen, oblique look. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  4. We fired at the men who showed themselves at the barn- right oblique five hundred yards. – Who Goes There? by Blackwood Ketcham Benson
  5. It fell in oblique lines of ragged lumps of ice, hammering upon the wagon and bringing the horses to a stop. – The Girl From Keller's Sadie's Conquest by Harold Bindloss
  6. We may remark that this kind of work is excellent for field- forts in wooded countries, and they serve very well for barracks and magazines; a bullet could only fall upon an oblique surface and could do little harm, because this structure is very solid. – The Niagara River by Archer Butler Hulbert
  7. One result of this inward trouble is that an old maid's glance is always oblique, less from modesty than from fear and shame. – The Vicar of Tours by Honore de Balzac
  8. A mother is continually driving in oblique directions from her household employments to rescue her children from a multitude of perils. – Mary, Mary by James Stephens Commentator: Padraic Colum
  9. Mark the shape of his face and the peculiar oblique slit of his eyelids. – The Mystery of the Four Fingers by Fred M. White
  10. It is interesting, however, to set solemn people imitating these exercises of the oblique eye muscles. – Psychotherapy by James J. Walsh
  11. As Judy gave him the manuscript, she turned her beady eyes in a stealthy, oblique look toward Betty Jo, and whispered: You- all best tell her 'bout hit. – The Re-Creation of Brian Kent by Harold Bell Wright
  12. An oblique external portal, five feet long, two feet high, and eighteen inches wide is constructed in the same manner as the hut. – From Paris to New York by Land by Harry de Windt
  13. In line oblique Behind the standards Caesar in reserve Had placed some companies of foot, in fear The foremost ranks might waver. – Pharsalia; Dramatic Episodes of the Civil Wars by Lucan
  14. Here and there the oblique strata suggest the daring architecture of the Titans. – Timar's Two Worlds by Mór Jókai
  15. Menka was accompanied by two badly- clad natives with very oblique eyes, whom we took at first for his servants or slaves. – The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II by A.E. Nordenskieold