• Not straightforward; indirect; obscure; hence, disingenuous; underhand; perverse; sinister.
  • Not erect or perpendicular; neither parallel to, nor at right angles from, the base; slanting; inclined.
  • (botany, of leaves) Having the base of the blade asymmetrical, with one side larger or extending further than the other.
  • Not direct in descent; not following the line of father and son; collateral.


  • (geometry) An oblique line.
  • (grammar) The oblique case.
  • The punctuation sign "/"


  • (intransitive) To deviate from a perpendicular line; to move in an oblique direction.
  • (transitive, computing) To slant (text, etc.) at an angle.
  • (military) 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.

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