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Definition: Oblique sailing
, a. [F., fr. L. obliquus; ob (see Ob-
liquis oblique; cf. licinus bent upward, Gr. le`chrios
slanting.] [Written also oblike
1. Not erect or perpendicular; neither parallel to, nor at
right angles from, the base; slanting; inclined.
It has a direction oblique to that of the former
2. Not straightforward; indirect; obscure; hence,
disingenuous; underhand; perverse; sinister.
The love we bear our friends . . .
Hath in it certain oblique ends. --Drayton.
This mode of oblique research, when a more direct
one is denied, we find to be the only one in our
power. --De Quincey.
Then would be closed the restless, oblique eye.
That looks for evil, like a treacherous spy.
3. Not direct in descent; not following the line of father
and son; collateral.
His natural affection in a direct line was strong,
in an oblique but weak. --Baker.
, Oblique ascension
, etc. See under Angle
(Arch.), an arch whose jambs are not at right
angles with the face, and whose intrados is in consequence
, a skew bridge. See under Bridge
(Gram.), any case except the nominative. See
(Projection), a circle whose plane is
oblique to the axis of the primitive plane.
(Mil.), a fire the direction of which is not
perpendicular to the line fired at.
(Fort.), that part of the curtain whence the
fire of the opposite bastion may be discovered. --Wilhelm.
(a) A leaf twisted or inclined from the normal position.
(b) A leaf having one half different from the other.
(Geom.), a line that, meeting or tending to
meet another, makes oblique angles with it.
(Mus.), a kind of motion or progression in
which one part ascends or descends, while the other
prolongs or repeats the same tone, as in the accompanying
(Anat.), a muscle acting in a direction
oblique to the mesial plane of the body, or to the
associated muscles; -- applied especially to two muscles
of the eyeball.
. See Oblique speech
(Dialing), planes which decline from the
zenith, or incline toward the horizon.
(Naut.), the movement of a ship when she
sails upon some rhumb between the four cardinal points,
making an oblique angle with the meridian.
(Rhet.), speech which is quoted indirectly,
or in a different person from that employed by the
(Astron. & Geog.), the celestial or
terrestrial sphere when its axis is oblique to the horizon
of the place; or as it appears to an observer at any point
on the earth except the poles and the equator.
(Mil.), a step in marching, by which the
soldier, while advancing, gradually takes ground to the
right or left at an angle of about 25[deg]. It is not now
Oblique system of co["o]rdinates
(Anal. Geom.), a system in
which the co["o]rdinate axes are oblique to each other.