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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ob·lique a.  [Written also oblike.]
 1. Not erect or perpendicular; neither parallel to, nor at right angles from, the base; slanting; inclined.
    It has a direction oblique to that of the former motion.   --Cheyne.
 2. Not straightforward; indirect; obscure; hence, disingenuous; underhand; perverse; sinister.
 The love we bear our friends . . .
 Hath in it certain oblique ends.   --Drayton.
    This mode of oblique research, when a more direct one is denied, we find to be the only one in our power.   --De Quincey.
 Then would be closed the restless, oblique eye.
 That looks for evil, like a treacherous spy.   --Wordworth.
 3. Not direct in descent; not following the line of father and son; collateral.
    His natural affection in a direct line was strong, in an oblique but weak.   --Baker.
 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°.  It is not now practiced. --Wilhelm.
 Oblique system of coordinates Anal. Geom., a system in which the coordinate axes are oblique to each other.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 As·cen·sion, n.
 1. The act of ascending; a rising; ascent.
 2. Specifically: The visible ascent of our Savior on the fortieth day after his resurrection. (--Acts i. 9.) Also, Ascension Day.
 3. An ascending or arising, as in distillation; also that which arises, as from distillation.
    Vaporous ascensions from the stomach.   --Sir T. Browne.
 Ascension Day, the Thursday but one before Whitsuntide, the day on which commemorated our Savior's ascension into heaven after his resurrection; -- called also Holy Thursday.
 Right ascension Astron., that degree of the equinoctial, counted from the beginning of Aries, which rises with a star, or other celestial body, in a right sphere; or the arc of the equator intercepted between the first point of Aries and that point of the equator that comes to the meridian with the star; -- expressed either in degrees or in time.
 Oblique ascension Astron., an arc of the equator, intercepted between the first point of Aries and that point of the equator which rises together with a star, in an oblique sphere; or the arc of the equator intercepted between the first point of Aries and that point of the equator that comes to the horizon with a star. It is little used in modern astronomy.