See under (def 13).
[uh-bleek, oh-bleek; Military uh-blahyk, oh-blahyk] /əˈblik, oʊˈblik; Military əˈblaɪk, oʊˈblaɪk/
neither perpendicular nor parallel to a given line or surface; slanting; sloping.
(of a solid) not having the axis perpendicular to the plane of the base.
diverging from a given straight line or course.
not straight or direct, as a course.
indirectly stated or expressed; not straightforward:
oblique remarks about the candidate’s honesty.
indirectly aimed at or reached, as ends or results; deviously achieved.
morally, ethically, or mentally wrong; underhand; perverse.
Typography. (of a letter) slanting toward the right, as a form of sans-serif, gothic, or square-serif type.
Rhetoric. indirect (applied to discourse in which the original words of a speaker or writer are assimilated to the language of the reporter).
Anatomy. pertaining to muscles running in the body as opposed to those running transversely or longitudinally.
Botany. having unequal sides, as a leaf.
Grammar. noting or pertaining to any case of noun inflection except nominative and vocative:
Latin genitive, dative, accusative, and ablative cases are said to be oblique.
Drafting. designating a method of projection (oblique projection) in which a three-dimensional object is represented by a drawing (oblique drawing) in which the face, usually parallel to the picture plane, is represented in accurate or exact proportion, and all other faces are shown at any convenient angle other than 90°.
Compare , (def 19), (def 5).
Military. at an angle of 45°.
verb (used without object), obliqued, obliquing.
Military. to change direction .
something that is oblique.
Grammar. an oblique case.
Anatomy. any of several oblique muscles, especially in the walls of the abdomen.
at an angle; slanting; sloping
indirect or evasive
(grammar) denoting any case of nouns, pronouns, etc, other than the nominative and vocative
(biology) having asymmetrical sides or planes: an oblique leaf
(of a map projection) constituting a type of zenithal projection in which the plane of projection is tangential to the earth’s surface at some point between the equator and the poles
something oblique, esp a line
another name for solidus (sense 1)
(nautical) the act of changing course by less than 90°
an aerial photograph taken at an oblique angle
to take or have an oblique direction
(of a military formation) to move forward at an angle
early 15c., from Middle French oblique (14c.) and directly from Latin obliquus “slanting, sidelong, indirect,” from ob “against” (see ob-) + root of licinus “bent upward,” from PIE root *lei- “to bend, be movable” (see limb (n.1)). As a type of muscles, in reference to the axis of the body, 1610s (adj.), 1800 (n.). Related: Obliquely; obliqueness.
oblique o·blique (ō-blēk’, ə-blēk’)
Situated in a slanting position; not transverse or longitudinal.
noun 1. the navigation of a vessel on a point of the compass other than one of the cardinal points. noun 1. a ship’s movement on a course that is not due north, south, east, or west
noun 1. a representation of an object as it would appear if cut by a plane that is other than parallel or perpendicular to its longest axis.
- Oblique-slip fault
noun 1. a fault on which the movement is along both the strike and the dip of the fault
- Oblique stroke
character “/”. Common names include: (forward) slash; stroke; ITU-T: slant; oblique stroke. Rare: diagonal; solidus; over; slak; virgule; INTERCAL: slat. Commonly used as the division operator in programming, and to separate the components in Unix pathnames, and hence also in URLs. Also used to delimit regular expressions in several languages. (1996-09-24)