Definition of oblique in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈblēk/


1Neither parallel nor at a right angle to a specified or implied line; slanting: we sat on the settee oblique to the fireplace
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  • In older well-elongated cells, part of the immobile mitochondria is already arranged along parallel lines transverse or oblique to the cell axis.
  • Entocristid and oblique crests run parallel in a longitudinal direction.
  • Trabs rise upward parallel to or slightly oblique to excurrent canals and form regular ladder-like structure.
slanting, slanted, sloping, at an angle, angled, diagonal, aslant, slant, slantwise, skew, askew, cater-cornered, kitty-corner
1.1Not explicit or direct in addressing a point: he issued an oblique attack on the president
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  • This first of many direct and oblique connections between the two poets takes considerable ballsyness on the younger Berrigan's part, but it all pays off in the end.
  • Throughout the article the members made both direct and oblique references to the English heritage on Long Island.
  • An early example of this may be found in Bentham's writings, and his distinction between direct and oblique intention is one way of expressing the point.
indirect, inexplicit, roundabout, circuitous, circumlocutory, implicit, implied, elliptical, evasive, backhanded
1.2 Geometry (Of a line, plane figure, or surface) inclined at other than a right angle.
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  • The orientation of the projection surface can be normal (inline with the earth's axis), transverse (at right angles to the earth's axis) or oblique (any angle in between).
  • The problem of scattering of an obliquely incident plane acoustic wave from an infinite solid elastic clad rod is formulated.
  • Oblique drawings have one axis along the horizontal line.
1.3 Geometry (Of an angle) acute or obtuse.
Example sentences
  • Angles are either right, acute, or oblique.
  • In the hypothesis of acute angle, we can, find a perpendicular and an oblique to the same straight which never meet.
  • Oblique angles are of two kinds, acute and obtuse.
1.4 Geometry (Of a cone, cylinder, etc.) with an axis not perpendicular to the plane of its base.
Example sentences
  • Since the triangle ABC has an oblique shape, as the first step, the triangle is redefined to a shape where the integration basis remains same as ABD.
  • Pyramids that are not right are called oblique.
  • Three unequal axes that intersect at oblique angles.
1.5 Anatomy (Especially of a muscle) neither parallel nor perpendicular to the long axis of a body or limb.
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  • Sportsman's hernia is the name given to an occult hernia due to a tear in the external oblique muscle.
  • He was expected to miss at least one spring start with a strained oblique muscle, though the injury is not considered serious.
  • He was expected to miss camp time with a strained oblique muscle, which didn't help his chances of making the roster.
2 Grammar Denoting any case other than the nominative or vocative.
Example sentences
  • The subject nominal is in the oblique form and the verb phrase lacks tense and agreement markers.
  • One links the subject of the dependent clause with the oblique dative argument of the independent clause.
  • The genitive, dative, and accusative are called oblique cases to distinguish them from the nominative and vocative.


1A muscle neither parallel nor perpendicular to the long axis of a body or limb.
Example sentences
  • Slowly lift your upper body by contracting your obliques.
  • The belly of the muscle became loosely attached to the upper part of the superior oblique and inserted by blending with the tendon of superior oblique.
  • The rectal sheath also partially invests the external oblique, which is the outermost layer of muscle of the anterolateral wall of the abdomen.
2British another term for slash1 (sense 2 of the noun).



Pronunciation: /əˈblēknis/ /ōˈblēknis/
Example sentences
  • American popular culture, whether taking the form of store window displays or movie sets, tamed the modernist arts of this period, tempering their obliqueness and irreverence with soothing symmetry and streamlining.
  • Content feels very important to this book, yet throughout I got a sense of strong ambivalence between revealing and hiding, between directness and obliqueness, between private and public.
  • The shots of his ex-lovers vanishing, coupled with the spoken admission, might imply that the obliqueness of his cinematic approach to them stems from an inability born of discomfort to confront them more directly.


Pronunciation: /əˈblikwədē/ /ōˈblikwədē/
Example sentences
  • But the most profound effect over the long haul would be the changes in the earth's obliquity - the angle of its spin axis - which is stabilized by the moon's gravitational pull.
  • Consider, now, Wallace's storytelling method, favouring obliquity and puzzle packed in puzzle, and wonder if it mightn't have its own version of ‘gross rhetorical naivety’.
  • To show a breach of duty it is not necessary to establish dishonesty, criminal conduct, personal obliquity or behaviour such as would warrant striking a solicitor off the roll.


Late Middle English: from Latin obliquus.

Words that rhyme with oblique

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Syllabification: o·blique

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