Oblique
Oblique Ob*lique", a. [F., fr. L. obliquus; ob (see {Ob-}) + liquis oblique; cf. licinus bent upward, Gr. le`chrios slanting.] [Written also {oblike}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Not erect or perpendicular; neither parallel to, nor at right angles from, the base; slanting; inclined. [1913 Webster]

It has a direction oblique to that of the former motion. --Cheyne. [1913 Webster]

2. Not straightforward; indirect; obscure; hence, disingenuous; underhand; perverse; sinister. [1913 Webster]

The love we bear our friends . . . Hath in it certain oblique ends. --Drayton. [1913 Webster]

This mode of oblique research, when a more direct one is denied, we find to be the only one in our power. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]

Then would be closed the restless, oblique eye. That looks for evil, like a treacherous spy. --Wordworth. [1913 Webster]

3. Not direct in descent; not following the line of father and son; collateral. [1913 Webster]

His natural affection in a direct line was strong, in an oblique but weak. --Baker. [1913 Webster]

{Oblique angle}, {Oblique ascension}, etc. See under {Angle}, {Ascension}, etc.

{Oblique arch} (Arch.), an arch whose jambs are not at right angles with the face, and whose intrados is in consequence askew.

{Oblique bridge}, a skew bridge. See under {Bridge}, n.

{Oblique case} (Gram.), any case except the nominative. See {Case}, n.

{Oblique circle} (Projection), a circle whose plane is oblique to the axis of the primitive plane.

{Oblique fire} (Mil.), a fire the direction of which is not perpendicular to the line fired at.

{Oblique flank} (Fort.), that part of the curtain whence the fire of the opposite bastion may be discovered. --Wilhelm.

{Oblique leaf}. (Bot.) (a) A leaf twisted or inclined from the normal position. (b) A leaf having one half different from the other.

{Oblique line} (Geom.), a line that, meeting or tending to meet another, makes oblique angles with it.

{Oblique motion} (Mus.), a kind of motion or progression in which one part ascends or descends, while the other prolongs or repeats the same tone, as in the accompanying example.

{Oblique muscle} (Anat.), a muscle acting in a direction oblique to the mesial plane of the body, or to the associated muscles; -- applied especially to two muscles of the eyeball.

{Oblique narration}. See {Oblique speech}.

{Oblique planes} (Dialing), planes which decline from the zenith, or incline toward the horizon.

{Oblique sailing} (Naut.), the movement of a ship when she sails upon some rhumb between the four cardinal points, making an oblique angle with the meridian.

{Oblique speech} (Rhet.), speech which is quoted indirectly, or in a different person from that employed by the original speaker.

{Oblique sphere} (Astron. & Geog.), the celestial or terrestrial sphere when its axis is oblique to the horizon of the place; or as it appears to an observer at any point on the earth except the poles and the equator.

{Oblique step} (Mil.), a step in marching, by which the soldier, while advancing, gradually takes ground to the right or left at an angle of about 25[deg]. It is not now practiced. --Wilhelm.

{Oblique system of co["o]rdinates} (Anal. Geom.), a system in which the co["o]rdinate axes are oblique to each other. [1913 Webster]


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  • oblique — [ ɔblik ] adj. • XIIIe; lat. obliquus 1 ♦ Qui s écarte de la verticale, de la perpendiculaire (à une ligne, un plan donnés ou supposés). ⇒ biais. « Vers la fin de la journée, quand le soleil est oblique » (Gautier). Non horizontal. « Ses yeux… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Oblique — may refer to: Oblique angle, in geometry, an angle that is not a multiple of 90 degrees Oblique angle, synonym for Dutch angle, a cinematographic technique Oblique (album), by jazz vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson Oblique banded rattail, a fish also …   Wikipedia

  • Oblique — Datos generales Origen …   Wikipedia Español

  • oblique — OBLIQUE. adj. de tout genre. Qui est de biais, de travers. Ligne oblique. chemin oblique. section oblique. sphere droite, sphere oblique. l aspect, le regard oblique d une planete. Il signifie fig. Mauvais, frauduleux. Moyens obliques. par des… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Oblique — Ob*lique , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Obliqued}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Obliquing}.] 1. To deviate from a perpendicular line; to move in an oblique direction. [1913 Webster] Projecting his person towards it in a line which obliqued from the bottom of his… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oblique — oblique; oblique·ly; oblique·ness; sub·oblique; …   English syllables

  • oblique — [ō blēk′, əblēk′; ] also, esp. in mil. use [, ōblīk′] adj. [ME oblike < L obliquus < ob (see OB ) + liquis, awry < IE * leik , var. of base * elei , to bend > ELL2] 1. having a slanting position or direction; neither perpendicular nor …   English World dictionary

  • Oblique — Ob*lique , n. (Geom.) An oblique line. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oblique — (adj.) early 15c., from M.Fr. oblique, from L. obliquus slanting, sidelong, indirect, from ob against (see OB (Cf. ob )) + root of licinus bent upward, from PIE root *lei to bend, be movable (see LIMB (Cf. limb) (n …   Etymology dictionary

  • oblique — [adj1] slanting; at an angle angled, askance, askew, aslant, asymmetrical, awry, bent, cater cornered, crooked, diagonal, distorted, diverging, inclined, inclining, leaning, on the bias, pitched, pitching, sideways, skew, slanted, sloped, sloping …   New thesaurus

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