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# 1oblique

adjective \ō-ˈblēk, ə-, -ˈblīk; military usually ī\

: not direct : not stated directly

of a line : having a slanting direction or position : neither perpendicular nor parallel

## Full Definition of OBLIQUE

1
a :  neither perpendicular nor parallel :  inclined
b :  having the axis not perpendicular to the base <an oblique cone>
c :  having no right angle <an oblique triangle>
2
a :  not straightforward :  indirect; also :  obscure
3
:  situated at an angle and having one end not inserted on bone <oblique muscles>
4
:  taken from an airplane with the camera directed horizontally or diagonally downward <an oblique photograph>
oblique·ness noun

## Examples of OBLIQUE

1. Harden … , who missed a month with a strained left oblique muscle, has become one of the game's most intimidating starters in just his second full big league season. —Albert Chen, Sports Illustrated, 8 Aug. 2005

## Origin of OBLIQUE

Middle English oblike, from Latin obliquus
First Known Use: 15th century

## Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms

abscissa, denominator, divisor, equilateral, exponent, hypotenuse, logarithm, radii, rhomb

## 2oblique

noun \ō-ˈblēk, ə-, -ˈblīk; military usually ī\

## Definition of OBLIQUE

1
:  something (as a line) that is oblique
2
:  any of several oblique muscles; especially :  any of the thin flat muscles forming the middle and outer layers of the lateral walls of the abdomen

## Examples of OBLIQUE

1. We each received a list of every muscle group (back, inner thighs, outer thighs, quads, biceps, obliques, upper abs, etc.), with detailed comments on which ones we needed to change. —anonymous, Cosmopolitan, November 2007

## Origin of OBLIQUE

(see 1oblique)
First Known Use: circa 1608

## Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms

abscissa, denominator, divisor, equilateral, exponent, hypotenuse, logarithm, oblique, radii, rhomb

## 3oblique

adverb \ō-ˈblēk, ə-, -ˈblīk; military usually ī\

## Definition of OBLIQUE

:  at a 45 degree angle <to the right oblique, march>

## Origin of OBLIQUE

(see 1oblique)
First Known Use: 1687
OBLIQUE[1] Defined for Kids

## Definition of OBLIQUE for Kids

:  having a slanting position or direction :  neither perpendicular nor parallel