Meaning of “oblique” in the English Dictionary

"oblique" in British English

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obliqueadjective

uk /əˈbliːk/ us /oʊˈbliːk/

obliquenoun [ C ]

uk /əˈbliːk/ us /oʊˈbliːk/ also oblique stroke UK

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 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 their relationship.

oblique adjective (DIAGONAL)

having a sloping direction, angle, or position:

the oblique rays of the afternoon sun

(Definition of “oblique” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)