Adjective "oblique" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Neither parallel nor at right angles to a specified or implied line; slanting.
  1. 'Fortunately, it came in at an oblique angle and skipped off his mail, ripping a huge tear in his poncho without inflicting any other damage.'
  2. 'In addition, Lee designers express the theme with ‘unfinished design’ which includes handicraft style, oblique neckline and patchwork.'
  3. 'His face, turned at an oblique angle from the camera, is unreadable.'
  4. 'Higher up, the petioles bend away from the pseudostem to hold the huge oval leaves at an oblique angle.'
  5. 'It only becomes recognisable when viewed from a very oblique angle, by standing practically alongside the left-hand edge of the painting.'
  6. 'In older well-elongated cells, part of the immobile mitochondria is already arranged along parallel lines transverse or oblique to the cell axis.'
  7. 'Quick as a flash, the little Italian was there to steal the ball and hook it into the net from an oblique angle.'
  8. 'Five other works focus on shadow pictures created by bright light cast at an oblique angle across various relief materials attached to the wall.'
  9. 'Trabs rise upward parallel to or slightly oblique to excurrent canals and form regular ladder-like structure.'
  10. 'A large, angular semi-pelite clast contains two tectonic fabrics, one of which is parallel to bedding within the clast whereas the other is oblique to it.'
  11. 'The orientation of the projection surface can be normal (inline with the earth's axis), transverse (at right angles to the earth's axis) or oblique (any angle in between).'
  12. 'The problem of scattering of an obliquely incident plane acoustic wave from an infinite solid elastic clad rod is formulated.'
  13. 'Oblique angles are of two kinds, acute and obtuse.'
  14. 'Since the triangle ABC has an oblique shape, as the first step, the triangle is redefined to a shape where the integration basis remains same as ABD.'
  15. 'Three unequal axes that intersect at oblique angles.'
  16. 'He had been sidelined for almost a month by a strained left oblique muscle that was causing persistent pain in his side.'
  17. 'He was expected to miss at least one spring start with a strained oblique muscle, though the injury is not considered serious.'
  18. 'Sportsman's hernia is the name given to an occult hernia due to a tear in the external oblique muscle.'
Not expressed or done in a direct way.
  1. 'Recently he has dropped oblique hints about the frustrations and pressures of satisfying the club's aspirations, but he would consider prolonged exposure to the Champions League hugely stimulating.'
  2. 'Before history could even repeat itself in some oblique manner, McLeish seems set to seek outside assistance.'
  3. 'The painting suggests deeply considered feeling, transparent and mysterious, direct and oblique.'
  4. 'He might argue that he is not interested in the social realism of the past and that only this oblique, indirect manner of telling a story is appropriate to our ‘new global reality’ and new media, and so forth.'
  5. '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.'
  6. 'The carpets placed on the floor seemed to be an oblique reference to the manner in which women are still walked all over in many parts of the world.'
  7. 'Watching it now it seems even stranger that its oblique characters and elliptical, alien scenes of remote mountain-town malaise managed to hypnotise so many people for two series.'
  8. 'Throughout the article the members made both direct and oblique references to the English heritage on Long Island.'
  9. 'The search engine also acts, in an oblique manner, as an anti-censorship tool.'
  10. 'However wonderful your foster parent may seem, nothing can equal your real mother, an oblique metaphor to those youngsters who believe in leading a fast-track life, thanks to the Western influences.'
Denoting any case other than the nominative or vocative.
  1. 'The Gerund and the Gerundive are used, in the oblique cases, in many of the constructions of nouns.'
  2. 'The genitive, dative, and accusative are called oblique cases to distinguish them from the nominative and vocative.'


    An oblique muscle.
    1. 'This exercise strengthens the obliques, quadratus lumborum, back extensors, gluteals, adductors and core abdominal muscles.'
    2. 'This exercise strengthens the hip flexors, back extensors, obliques and core abdominal muscles.'
    3. 'Twisting crunches target both the upper rectus and the external obliques, the muscles on each side of the torso attached to the lower two-thirds of the rib cage and inserting on the side of the pelvis.'


    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; underhan

    More examples(as adjective)

    "references can be oblique."

    "ways can be oblique."

    "angles can be oblique."

    "waves can be oblique."

    "convergences can be oblique."

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    Late Middle English: from Latin obliquus.