What does the word oblique mean?

  • Any thing inclined, or which deviates from the vertical line. Anatomists have given this name to certain muscles, which have an oblique direction as regards the plane that divides the body into two equal and symmetrical halves. These are:-

  • [ Latin] An o. muscle.

  • Slanting, deviating from the perpendicular or the horizontal.

  • Applied to a line slanting between 1° and 45°.

Usage examples for oblique

  1. Palms crossed, and clasped by roses and ribbons, an oblique cross of roses lying on a bed of ivy, a basket made of ivy and autumn leaves, holding a sheaf of grain and a sickle of violets, an ivy pillow with a cross of flowers on one side, a bunch of pansies held by a knot of ribbon at one corner, a cross made of ivy alone, a " harvest- field" made of ears of wheat, are some of the many new funereal designs which break the monotony of the dreadful white crosses, crowns, and anchors, hearts and wreaths, of the past. – Manners and Social Usages by Mrs. John M. E. W. Sherwood
  2. My surprise made me lower my head but not so quickly that I did not catch the oblique glint of his eye as he mentioned the name which I was so little prepared to hear in this connection. – The Millionaire Baby by Anna Katharine Green
  3. At last they came to the end of the ditch where two bastions joined together, forming a little oblique opening, through which one could look down on the town of Pesth. – The Slaves of the Padishah by Mór Jókai

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