1. an angle that is not a right angle or a multiple of a right angle
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Oblique \Ob*lique"\, a. [F., fr. L. obliquus; ob (see Ob-) +
liquis oblique; cf. licinus bent upward, Gr. le`chrios
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
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.
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,
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
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
Oblique muscle (Anat.), a muscle acting in a direction
oblique to the mesial plane of the body, or to the
associated muscles; -- applied especially to two muscles
of the eyeball.
Oblique narration. See Oblique speech.
Oblique planes (Dialing), planes which decline from the
zenith, or incline toward the horizon.
Oblique sailing (Naut.), the movement of a ship when she
sails upon some rhumb between the four cardinal points,
making an oblique angle with the meridian.
Oblique speech (Rhet.), speech which is quoted indirectly,
or in a different person from that employed by the
Oblique sphere (Astron. & Geog.), the celestial or
terrestrial sphere when its axis is oblique to the horizon
of the place; or as it appears to an observer at any point
on the earth except the poles and the equator.
Oblique step (Mil.), a step in marching, by which the
soldier, while advancing, gradually takes ground to the
right or left at an angle of about 25[deg]. It is not now
Oblique system of coordinates (Anal. Geom.), a system in
which the coordinate axes are oblique to each other.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Angle \An"gle\ ([a^][ng]"g'l), n. [F. angle, L. angulus angle,
corner; akin to uncus hook, Gr. 'agky`los bent, crooked,
angular, 'a`gkos a bend or hollow, AS. angel hook, fish-hook,
G. angel, and F. anchor.]
1. The inclosed space near the point where two lines meet; a
corner; a nook.
Into the utmost angle of the world. --Spenser.
To search the tenderest angles of the heart.
(a) The figure made by. two lines which meet.
(b) The difference of direction of two lines. In the lines
meet, the point of meeting is the vertex of the angle.
3. A projecting or sharp corner; an angular fragment.
Though but an angle reached him of the stone.
4. (Astrol.) A name given to four of the twelve astrological
"houses." [Obs.] --Chaucer.
5. [AS. angel.] A fishhook; tackle for catching fish,
consisting of a line, hook, and bait, with or without a
Give me mine angle: we 'll to the river there.
A fisher next his trembling angle bears. --Pope.
Acute angle, one less than a right angle, or less than
Adjacent or Contiguous angles, such as have one leg
common to both angles.
Alternate angles. See Alternate.
(a) (Carp.) An upright bar at the angle where two faces of
a polygonal or bay window meet. --Knight.
(b) (Mach.) Same as Angle iron.
Angle bead (Arch.), a bead worked on or fixed to the angle
of any architectural work, esp. for protecting an angle of
Angle brace, Angle tie (Carp.), a brace across an
interior angle of a wooden frame, forming the hypothenuse
and securing the two side pieces together. --Knight.
Angle iron (Mach.), a rolled bar or plate of iron having
one or more angles, used for forming the corners, or
connecting or sustaining the sides of an iron structure to
which it is riveted.
Angle leaf (Arch.), a detail in the form of a leaf, more or
less conventionalized, used to decorate and sometimes to
strengthen an angle.
Angle meter, an instrument for measuring angles, esp. for
ascertaining the dip of strata.
Angle shaft (Arch.), an enriched angle bead, often having a
capital or base, or both.
Curvilineal angle, one formed by two curved lines.
External angles, angles formed by the sides of any
right-lined figure, when the sides are produced or
Facial angle. See under Facial.
Internal angles, those which are within any right-lined
Mixtilineal angle, one formed by a right line with a curved
Oblique angle, one acute or obtuse, in opposition to a
Obtuse angle, one greater than a right angle, or more than
Optic angle. See under Optic.
Rectilineal or Right-lined angle, one formed by two right
Right angle, one formed by a right line falling on another
perpendicularly, or an angle of 90[deg] (measured by a
Solid angle, the figure formed by the meeting of three or
more plane angles at one point.
Spherical angle, one made by the meeting of two arcs of
great circles, which mutually cut one another on the
surface of a globe or sphere.
Visual angle, the angle formed by two rays of light, or two
straight lines drawn from the extreme points of an object
to the center of the eye.
For Angles of commutation, draught, incidence,
reflection, refraction, position, repose, fraction,
see Commutation, Draught, Incidence, Reflection,
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: an angle that is not a right angle or a multiple of a right
angle [ant: right angle]