[ US /əˈbɫik/ ]
[ UK /əblˈiːk/ ]
  1. indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way; misleading
    used devious means to achieve success
    oblique political maneuvers
    gave oblique answers to direct questions
  2. slanting or inclined in direction or course or position--neither parallel nor perpendicular nor right-angled
    the axis of an oblique cone is not perpendicular to its base
    acute and obtuse angles are oblique angles
    the oblique rays of the winter sun
  1. any grammatical case other than the nominative
  2. a diagonally arranged abdominal muscle on either side of the torso
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How To Use oblique In A Sentence

  • The superior temporal gyrus is subdivided into two or more obliquely running, short, transverse temporal gyri.
  • The oblique rays of the sun on the orchards create this typical landscape that traditional iconography would associate with an earthly paradise.
  • They entered the market obliquely through the production of non-agricultural products such as barrel staves that they bartered for textiles, hardware and cheap consumer goods.
  • The egg extended obliquely backward across the fly's prosternum.
  • The hardships have been played down and there are only oblique references to the question of whether or not a ransom was paid. Times, Sunday Times
  • Miss Margland, extremely piqued, vented her spleen in oblique sarcasms, and sought to heal her offended pride by appeals for justice to her sagacity and foresight in the whole business. Camilla: or, A Picture of Youth
  • 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.
  • Some passages can be simple descriptions; others can be almost poetic or oblique. Times, Sunday Times
  • Anytime you see a sign like that, you see this fracture, what we call an oblique fracture so it kind of spirals up, we know that he had some unbelievable force at his ankle that transmitted up through his fibula and fractured it. T.O.
  • Abdomen: with an elongate clavate petiole; the first segment with an oblique yellow macula on each side, the third with a large lateral macula at its base, and the following segments entirely yellow. Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society - Vol. 3 Zoology
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