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English adjective: oblique

1. oblique slanting or inclined in direction or course or position--neither parallel nor perpendicular nor right-angled


SamplesThe oblique rays of the winter sun.
Acute and obtuse angles are oblique angles.
The axis of an oblique cone is not perpendicular to its base.


Similarbias, cata-cornered, catacorner, cater-cornered, catercorner, catty-corner, catty-cornered, crabwise, diagonal, kitty-corner, kitty-cornered, nonparallel, oblique-angled, sideways


See alsoconvergent, divergent, diverging, inclined


Antonymsparallel, perpendicular

2. oblique indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way; misleading


SamplesUsed devious means to achieve success.
Gave oblique answers to direct questions.
Oblique political maneuvers.


Synonymsdevious


Similarindirect


Antonymsdirect


English noun: oblique

1. oblique (communication) any grammatical case other than the nominative


Synonymsoblique case


Broader (hypernym)case, grammatical case


Narrower (hyponym)ablative, ablative case, accusative, accusative case, dative, dative case, genitive, genitive case, objective case, possessive, possessive case, vocative, vocative case


Antonymsnominative, nominative case, subject case

2. oblique (body) a diagonally arranged abdominal muscle on either side of the torso


Synonymsabdominal external oblique muscle, external oblique muscle, musculus obliquus externus abdominis


Broader (hypernym)ab, abdominal, abdominal muscle









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