Lizet Elaine (simplyn2deep) wrote in 1word1day,
Lizet Elaine

Tuesday word: Oblique

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018

Oblique (adjective, adverb, verb, noun)
o·blique [uh-bleek, oh-bleek; Military uh-blahyk, oh-blahyk]

1. neither perpendicular nor parallel to a given line or surface; slanting; sloping.
2. (of a solid) not having the axis perpendicular to the plane of the base.
3. diverging from a given straight line or course.
4. not straight or direct, as a course.
5. indirectly stated or expressed; not straightforward: oblique remarks about the candidate's honesty.
6. indirectly aimed at or reached, as ends or results; deviously achieved.
7. morally, ethically, or mentally wrong; underhand; perverse.
8. Typography. (of a letter) slanting toward the right, as a form of sans- serif, gothic, or square-serif type.
9. Rhetoric . indirect (applied to discourse in which the original words of a speaker or writer are assimilated to the language of the reporter).
10. Anatomy . pertaining to muscles running obliquely in the body as opposed to those running transversely or longitudinally.
11. Botany . having unequal sides, as a leaf.
12. Grammar . noting or pertaining to any case of noun inflection except nominative and vocative: Latin genitive, dative, accusative, and ablative cases are said to be oblique.
13. Drafting. designating a method of projection (oblique projection) in which a three-dimensional object is represented by a drawing (oblique drawing) in which the face, usually parallel to the picture plane, is represented in accurate or exact proportion, and all other faces are shown at any convenient angle other than 90°. Compare axonometric, cabinet (def 19) , isometric (def 5).

14. Military . at an angle of 45°.

verb (used without object)
15. Military . to change direction obliquely.

16. something that is oblique.
17. Grammar . an oblique case.
18. Anatomy . any of several oblique muscles, especially in the walls of the abdomen.

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5, 6. indirect, veiled, masked, covert.

Related forms
o·blique·ness, noun
sub·o·blique, adjective
sub·o·blique·ly, adverb
sub·o·blique·ness, noun

Examples from the Web for oblique
Contemporary Examples

The definition of “innuendo,” according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is “an oblique allusion.”
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Bill Cosby’s Long List of Accusers (So Far): 18 Alleged Sexual Assault Victims Between 1965-2004
Marlow Stern
November 24, 2014

The Playlist, on the other hand, called it “too oblique, too delighted with itself, and frankly, too dull to admire…much.”
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Josh Charles on Life After ‘The Good Wife’ and His Insane Movie ‘Bird People’
Kevin Fallon
September 13, 2014

An oblique view of baseball full of hijinks, havoc, and humor, this is fandom to the extreme.
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Home Runs, Frozen Ropes, And Some Wild Cards In Best Baseball Books
Robert Birnbaum
April 11, 2014

The historical event, however, serves as an oblique background for the novel.
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Yiyun Li Takes on Evil in “Kinder Than Solitude”
Jane Ciabattari
February 27, 2014

The columns are frequently laced with oblique references to her family.
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Pippa and The Middletons Face New 'Cashing-In' Allegations
Tom Sykes
December 4, 2013

Historical Examples
This is an oblique way of saying that Marduk succeeded where Ea failed.
The Babylonian Legends of the Creation
British Museum

His Highness held the bottle at an oblique angle with the chandelier.
Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

The launch, bathed in its oblique rays, could not lose sight of it.
The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras
Jules Verne

They are tied so that they stand in a vertical or oblique position.
Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick

Oblique: any direction between perpendicular and horizontal.
Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith

Origin: 1400–50; late Middle English oblike < Latin obliquus slanting
Tags: adjective, adverb, noun, o, verb, wordsmith: simplyn2deep

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