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obliquemore about oblique


  5  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Oblique  \Ob*lique"\,  a.  [F.,  fr  L.  obliquus  ob  (see  {Ob-})  + 
  liquis  oblique;  cf  licinus  bent  upward,  Gr  ?  slanting.] 
  [Written  also  {oblike}.] 
  1.  Not  erect  or  perpendicular;  neither  parallel  to  nor  at 
  right  angles  from  the  base;  slanting;  inclined. 
  It  has  a  direction  oblique  to  that  of  the  former 
  motion.  --Cheyne. 
  2.  Not  straightforward;  indirect;  obscure;  hence 
  disingenuous;  underhand;  perverse;  sinister. 
  The  love  we  bear  our  friends  .  .  .  Hath  in  it 
  certain  oblique  ends  --Drayton. 
  This  mode  of  oblique  research,  when  a  more  direct 
  one  is  denied,  we  find  to  be  the  only  one  in  our 
  power.  --De  Quincey. 
  Then  would  be  closed  the  restless,  oblique  eye.  That 
  looks  for  evil,  like  a  treacherous  spy.  --Wordworth. 
  3.  Not  direct  in  descent;  not  following  the  line  of  father 
  and  son;  collateral. 
  His  natural  affection  in  a  direct  line  was  strong, 
  in  an  oblique  but  weak.  --Baker. 
  {Oblique  angle},  {Oblique  ascension},  etc  See  under 
  {Angle},{Ascension},  etc 
  {Oblique  arch}  (Arch.),  an  arch  whose  jambs  are  not  at  right 
  angles  with  the  face,  and  whose  intrados  is  in  consequence 
  {Oblique  bridge},  a  skew  bridge.  See  under  {Bridge},  n. 
  {Oblique  case}  (Gram.),  any  case  except  the  nominative.  See 
  {Case},  n. 
  {Oblique  circle}  (Projection),  a  circle  whose  plane  is 
  oblique  to  the  axis  of  the  primitive  plane. 
  {Oblique  fire}  (Mil.),  a  fire  the  direction  of  which  is  not 
  perpendicular  to  the  line  fired  at 
  {Oblique  flank}  (Fort.),  that  part  of  the  curtain  whence  the 
  fire  of  the  opposite  bastion  may  be  discovered.  --Wilhelm. 
  {Oblique  leaf}.  (Bot.) 
  a  A  leaf  twisted  or  inclined  from  the  normal  position. 
  b  A  leaf  having  one  half  different  from  the  other 
  {Oblique  line}  (Geom.),  a  line  that  meeting  or  tending  to 
  meet  another,  makes  oblique  angles  with  it 
  {Oblique  motion}  (Mus.),  a  kind  of  motion  or  progression  in 
  which  one  part  ascends  or  descends,  while  the  other 
  prolongs  or  repeats  the  same  tone,  as  in  the  accompanying 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Oblique  \Ob*lique"\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Obliqued};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Obliquing}.] 
  1.  To  deviate  from  a  perpendicular  line  to  move  in  an 
  oblique  direction. 
  Projecting  his  person  towards  it  in  a  line  which 
  obliqued  from  the  bottom  of  his  spine.  --Sir.  W. 
  2.  (Mil.)  To  march  in  a  direction  oblique  to  the  line  of  the 
  column  or  platoon;  --  formerly  accomplished  by  oblique 
  steps,  now  by  direct  steps,  the  men  half-facing  either  to 
  the  right  or  left 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Oblique  \Ob*lique"\,  n.  (Geom.) 
  An  oblique  line 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Cone  \Cone\,  n.  [L.  conus  cone  (in  sense  1),  Gr  ?;  akin  to  Skr. 
  [,c]ana  whetstone,  L.  cuneus  wedge,  and  prob.  to  E.  hone.  See 
  {Hone},  n.] 
  1.  (Geom.)  A  solid  of  the  form  described  by  the  revolution  of 
  a  right-angled  triangle  about  one  of  the  sides  adjacent  to 
  the  right  angle;  --  called  also  a  {right  cone}.  More 
  generally,  any  solid  having  a  vertical  point  and  bounded 
  by  a  surface  which  is  described  by  a  straight  line  always 
  passing  through  that  vertical  point;  a  solid  having  a 
  circle  for  its  base  and  tapering  to  a  point  or  vertex. 
  2.  Anything  shaped  more  or  less  like  a  mathematical  cone;  as 
  a  volcanic  cone,  a  collection  of  scori[ae]  around  the 
  crater  of  a  volcano,  usually  heaped  up  in  a  conical  form 
  Now  had  Night  measured  with  her  shadowy  cone  Half 
  way  up  hill  this  vast  sublunar  vault.  --Milton. 
  3.  (Bot.)  The  fruit  or  strobile  of  the  {Conifer[ae]},  as  of 
  the  pine,  fir,  cedar,  and  cypress.  It  is  composed  of  woody 
  scales,  each  one  of  which  has  one  or  two  seeds  at  its 
  4.  (Zo["o]l.)  A  shell  of  the  genus  {Conus},  having  a  conical 
  {Cone  of  rays}  (Opt.),  the  pencil  of  rays  of  light  which 
  proceed  from  a  radiant  point  to  a  given  surface,  as  that 
  of  a  lens,  or  conversely. 
  {Cone  pulley}.  See  in  the  Vocabulary. 
  {Oblique}  or  {Scalene  cone},  a  cone  of  which  the  axis  is 
  inclined  to  the  plane  of  its  base. 
  {Eight  cone}.  See  {Cone},  1. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  slanting  or  inclined  in  direction  or  course  or 
  position--neither  parallel  nor  perpendicular  nor 
  right-angular;  "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"  [ant:  {parallel},  {perpendicular}] 
  2:  descended  from  a  common  ancestor  but  through  different 
  lines;  "cousins  are  collateral  relatives";  "an  indirect 
  descendant  of  the  Stuarts"  [syn:  {collateral},  {indirect}] 
  [ant:  {lineal}] 
  3:  departing  from  the  accepted  or  proper  way  misleading;  "used 
  devious  means  to  achieve  success";  "gave  oblique  answers 
  to  direct  questions";  "oblique  political  maneuvers"  [syn: 
  4:  used  of  movement;  at  an  angle  [syn:  {crabwise},  {sideways}] 
  n  :  any  grammatical  case  other  than  the  nominative  [syn:  {oblique 
  case}]  [ant:  {nominative}] 

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