oblique

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, oblike, from Latin oblīquus (slanting, sideways, indirect, envious)

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Adjective[edit]

oblique (comparative obliquer, superlative obliquest)

  1. Not erect or perpendicular; neither parallel to, nor at right angles from, the base; slanting; inclined.
    • Cheyne
      It has a direction oblique to that of the former motion.
  2. Not straightforward; indirect; obscure; hence, disingenuous; underhand; perverse; sinister.
    • Drayton
      The love we bear our friends [] Hath in it certain oblique ends.
    • De Quincey
      This mode of oblique research, when a more direct one is denied, we find to be the only one in our power.
    • Wordsworth
      Then would be closed the restless, oblique eye / That looks for evil, like a treacherous spy.
  3. Not direct in descent; not following the line of father and son; collateral.
    • Baker
      His natural affection in a direct line was strong, in an oblique but weak.
  4. (botany, of leaves) Having the base of the blade asymmetrical, with one side larger or extending further than the other.

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Noun[edit]

oblique (plural obliques)

  1. (geometry) An oblique line.
  2. The punctuation sign "/"
  3. (grammar) The oblique case.

Verb[edit]

oblique (third-person singular simple present obliques, present participle obliquing, simple past and past participle obliqued)

  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. (military) 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.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin obliquus.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

oblique (masculine and feminine, plural obliques)

  1. oblique

Verb[edit]

oblique

  1. first-person singular present indicative of obliquer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of obliquer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of obliquer
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of obliquer
  5. second-person singular imperative of obliquer

Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

oblique f

  1. Feminine plural form of obliquo

Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

oblīque

  1. vocative masculine singular of oblīquus