oblique

oblique
[[t]oʊbli͟ːk[/t]]
1) ADJ-GRADED If you describe a statement as oblique, you mean that is not expressed directly or openly, making it difficult to understand.

It was an oblique reference to his mother...

Mr Golding delivered an oblique warning, talking of the danger of sudden action.

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obliquely ADV ADV with v

He obliquely referred to the US, Britain and Saudi Arabia.

2) ADJ: usu ADJ n An oblique line is a straight line that is not horizontal or vertical. An oblique angle is any angle other than a right angle.

It lies between the plain and the sea at an oblique angle to the coastline.

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obliquely ADV ADV after v

This muscle runs obliquely downwards inside the abdominal cavity.


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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 — 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; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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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