Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “oblique”

See all translations

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)

Oblique remarks 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) UK

oblique noun [C] (PUNCTUATION)

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.
Translations of “oblique”
in Spanish oblicuo, indirecto…
in French oblique, indirect…
in German schräg, indirekt…
in Chinese (Traditional) 角度, 斜的, 傾斜的…
in Russian непрямой, косвенный…
in Turkish dolaylı, üstü kapalı, ima yollu…
in Chinese (Simplified) 角度, 斜的, 倾斜的…
in Polish zawoalowany, nie wprost…
(Definition of oblique from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of oblique?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “oblique”

Definitions of “oblique” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

lamb

a young sheep, or the flesh of a young sheep eaten as meat

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More