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"oblique" in British English

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obliqueadjective

uk   /əˈbliːk/  us   /oʊ-/

obliquenoun [C]

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

specialized anatomy one of the ​muscles that ​lies in a ​slopingdirection from the ​middle of the ​body : Strong obliques (​sideabdominalmuscles) ​support the ​lower back and ​helpprevent back ​pain.
(Definition of oblique from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"oblique" in American English

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obliqueadjective

 us   /oʊˈblik, ə-/
  • oblique adjective (INDIRECT)

not ​clear or ​direct: He made an oblique ​reference to ​theirrelationship.
  • oblique adjective (DIAGONAL)

having a ​slopingdirection, ​angle, or ​position: the oblique ​rays of the ​afternoonsun
(Definition of oblique from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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