Part of speech: adverb


Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: adjective

Neither perpendicular nor horizontal; slanting; sloping.

Part of speech: adjective

Evasive; indirect.

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Usage examples "oblique":

  1. Placing it noiselessly on the ground before him he turned his oblique gaze on Craven and watched him for a moment or two intently. - "The Shadow of the East", E. M. Hull.
  2. I therefore directed a fourth anchor, with two additional cables, to be disposed, with the hope of breaking some of the force of the ice, by its offering a more oblique resistance than the other, and thus by degrees turning the direction of the pressure from the ships. - "Narratives of Shipwrecks of the Royal Navy; between 1793 and 1849", William O. S. Gilly.
  3. Finding it impossible to reach Broadstairs, owing to the direction of the gale, they pulled in an oblique direction, and, after narrowly escaping an upset more than once, gained Deal beach not far from Sandown Castle, where the boat was run ashore. - "The Lifeboat", R.M. Ballantyne.