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oblique

adjective uk   /əˈbliːk/ us    /oʊ-/

oblique adjective (ANGLE)

having a sloping direction, angle, or position: Through the window came the last few oblique rays of evening sunshine. He gave her an oblique glance. specialized mathematics (of an angle) either more or less than 90°

oblique adjective (NOT DIRECT)

describes remarks that are not direct, so that the real meaning is not immediately clear: She made several oblique references to the current financial situation.

oblique

noun [C] uk   /əˈbliːk/ us    /oʊ-/ (also oblique stroke)

oblique noun [C] (PUNCTUATION)

UK for a slash noun: Fractions can be written with an oblique, for example 2/3.

oblique noun [C] (MUSCLE)

specialized anatomy one of the muscles that lies in a sloping direction from the middle of the body : Strong obliques (side abdominal muscles) support the lower back and help prevent back pain.
(Definition of oblique from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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