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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.




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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