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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.Describing angles, lines and orientationsSlanting, sloping, leaning, tilting specialized mathematics (of an angle) either more or less than 90°Describing angles, lines and orientationsSlanting, sloping, leaning, tilting

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.Digressing and being indirect or evasiveMoving in order to avoid contactNot saying much

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.Punctuation

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.
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