oblique /oˈblik, ə, ˈblaɪk; ||aɪ/
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.
Ob·lique, n. Geom. An oblique line.
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.
Projecting his person towards it in a line which obliqued from the bottom of his spine. --Sir. W. Scott.
2. Mil. 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.
adj 1: 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" [ant: parallel, perpendicular]
2: 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" [syn: devious]
n 1: any grammatical case other than the nominative [syn: oblique
case] [ant: nominative]
2: a diagonally arranged abdominal muscle on either side of the
torso [syn: external oblique muscle, musculus obliquus
externus abdominis, abdominal external oblique muscle]