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OBLIQUE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does oblique mean? 

OBLIQUE (noun)
  The noun OBLIQUE has 2 senses:

1. any grammatical case other than the nominative
2. a diagonally arranged abdominal muscle on either side of the torso

  Familiarity information: OBLIQUE used as a noun is rare.


OBLIQUE (adjective)
  The adjective OBLIQUE has 2 senses:

1. slanting or inclined in direction or course or position--neither parallel nor perpendicular nor right-angled
2. indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way; misleading

  Familiarity information: OBLIQUE used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


OBLIQUE (noun)


Sense 1oblique [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any grammatical case other than the nominative

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

oblique; oblique case

Hypernyms ("oblique" is a kind of...):

case; grammatical case (nouns or pronouns or adjectives (often marked by inflection) related in some way to other words in a sentence)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "oblique"):

accusative; accusative case; objective case (the category of nouns serving as the direct object of a verb)

dative; dative case (the category of nouns serving as the indirect object of a verb)

genitive; genitive case; possessive; possessive case (the case expressing ownership)

vocative; vocative case (the case (in some inflected languages) used when the referent of the noun is being addressed)

ablative; ablative case (the case indicating the agent in passive sentences or the instrument or manner or place of the action described by the verb)

Antonym:

nominative (the category of nouns serving as the grammatical subject of a verb)


Sense 2oblique [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A diagonally arranged abdominal muscle on either side of the torso

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

abdominal external oblique muscle; external oblique muscle; musculus obliquus externus abdominis; oblique

Hypernyms ("oblique" is a kind of...):

ab; abdominal; abdominal muscle (the muscles of the abdomen)


OBLIQUE (adjective)


Sense 1oblique [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Slanting or inclined in direction or course or position--neither parallel nor perpendicular nor right-angled

Context examples:

the 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

Similar:

nonparallel ((of e.g. lines or paths) not parallel; converging)

diagonal (at an angle; especially connecting two nonadjacent corners of a plane figure or any two corners of a solid that are not in the same face)

crabwise; sideways ((of movement) at an angle)

cata-cornered; catacorner; cater-cornered; catercorner; catty-corner; catty-cornered; kitty-corner; kitty-cornered (slanted across a polygon on a diagonal line)

bias (slanting diagonally across the grain of a fabric)

oblique-angled (having oblique angles)

Also:

inclined (at an angle to the horizontal or vertical position)

divergent; diverging (tending to move apart in different directions)

convergent (tending to come together from different directions)

Antonym:

parallel (being everywhere equidistant and not intersecting)

perpendicular (intersecting at or forming right angles)


Sense 2oblique [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way; misleading

Synonyms:

devious; oblique

Context examples:

used devious means to achieve success / gave oblique answers to direct questions / oblique political maneuvers

Similar:

indirect (extended senses; not direct in manner or language or behavior or action)


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