What does the word obliquity mean?

Usage examples for obliquity

  1. It is a long distance from the planetary fact of the obliquity of the equator, which gave the earth its alternation of seasons, and rendered the history, if not the existence of man and of civilization a possibility, to the surrender of General Lee under the apple- tree at Appomattox Court- House. – Memoir of John Lothrop Motley, Complete by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. Last Updated: February 6, 2009
  2. This obliquity is caused by a change of place, performed rather by the internal than the external ring. – Surgical Anatomy by Joseph Maclise