obliquity

Definitions

  • 64 Oblique thrust
    64 Oblique thrust
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n obliquity the quality of being deceptive
    • n obliquity the presentation during labor of the head of the fetus at an abnormal angle
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Additional illustrations & photos:

67 Oblique mortise and tenon 67 Oblique mortise and tenon

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The longest muscle in the human body is the sartorius. This narrow muscle of the thigh passes obliquely across the front of the thigh and helps rotate the leg to the position assumed in sitting cross-legged. Its name is a derivation of the adjective "sartorial," a reference to what was the traditional cross-legged position of tailors (or "sartors") at work.
    • Obliquity Deviation from ordinary rules; irregularity; deviation from moral rectitude. "To disobey [God] . . . imports a moral obliquity ."
    • Obliquity The condition of being oblique; deviation from a right line; deviation from parallelism or perpendicularity; the amount of such deviation; divergence; as, the obliquity of the ecliptic to the equator.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n obliquity The state of being oblique. A relative position in which two planes, a straight line and a plane, or two straight lines in a plane cut at an angle not a right angle; also, the magnitude of this angle.
    • n obliquity Deviation from an intellectual or moral standard.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Obliquity state of being oblique: a slanting direction: error or wrong: irregularity
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Quotations

  • Peter Conrad
    Peter Conrad
    “All that a city will ever allow you is an angle on it -- an oblique, indirect sample of what it contains, or what passes through it; a point of view.”
  • Frank Moore Colby
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    “Talk ought always to run obliquely, not nose to nose with no chance of mental escape.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. obliquitas,: cf. F. obliquité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. obliquusob, before, liquis, slanting.

Usage

In literature:

The "Albatross" came slowly down in an oblique direction.
"Rubur the Conqueror" by Jules Verne
Her very directness piqued me to a perverse and delicious obliquity.
"Simon the Jester" by William J. Locke
The excited horse charged obliquely toward this obstruction with all his might.
"Zibeline, Complete" by Phillipe de Massa
RASH, strike with a glancing oblique blow, as a boar with its tusk.
"Volpone; Or, The Fox" by Ben Jonson
Pushing back her sailor hat, Alma looked obliquely at him from beneath her drooping lids.
"At the Mercy of Tiberius" by August Evans Wilson
The doors were extraordinarily thick and strong, and fitted into oblique grooves, so that they closed very tightly.
"The South Pole, Volumes 1 and 2" by Roald Amundsen
We at length ran up the stream obliquely; but it was evident the men were not adequate to such exertion for any length of time.
"Two Expeditions in the Interior of Southern Australia, Volume II" by Charles Sturt
We at length ran up the stream obliquely; but it was evident the men were not adequate to such exertion for any length of time.
"Two Expeditions into the Interior of Southern Australia, Complete" by Charles Sturt
Barque watches him obliquely, and makes fun of him.
"Under Fire" by Henri Barbusse
Barto's eyes began to get terribly oblique.
"Vittoria, Complete" by George Meredith
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In poetry:

Fame came to him
Like the shadow of a mountain,
As the sun weighs heavy upon it
Obliquely on its back.
"Night" by Marin Sorescu
Oblique, like fall of leaves down the wet glide
Of season and surrender from the tree
Of life across the windows of a wind
To the final ruined lawn beneath a sea—
"Sea Burial" by John Anthony Ciardi
Take the ardour of my impearled
Essence that my shoulders seek
To intensify the curled
Candour of the eyes oblique,
Eyes that see the seraphic sleek
Lust bewitch the wanton world.
"Lyric of Love to Leah" by Aleister Crowley
Ah! wilt thou not fall from that edge of the steep?
The pale moon obliquely shines over the lake;
The shades are deceptive below is the deep,
And I see thy fair form in its clear waters shake.
"The Mistress - Versified" by Charlotte Dacre
A SLANTING ray of evening light
Shoots through the yellow pane ;
It makes the faded crimson bright,
And gilds the fringe again :
The window's gothic frame-work falls
In oblique shadow on the walls.
"The Squire’s Pew" by Jane Taylor
Yes, sometimes in a smoking-room, through clouds of "Ers" an "Ums,"
Obliquely and by inference, illumination comes,
On some step that they have taken, or some action they approve
Embellished with the argot of the Upper Fourth Remove.
"The Puzzler" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE One night after calling the Yankees "chicken," Frank Francisco found himself sidelined with lingering soreness in his ab/oblique.
Mets closer Frank Francisco was unavailable tonight due to lingering soreness in his oblique/abdomen area on the left side.
Description The Diagonal Leg exercise works your abs, obliques, butt, quads, hamstrings and calves.
Description The Double-Time Wood Chop exercise works your shoulders, arms, abs, obliques, butt and legs.
At the Vatican Thursday, Pope Benedict made an oblique apparent reference to the worldwide sex abuse scandal enveloping the church.
This was an oblique reference to the yellow peril.
Description The Jackknife exercise works your shoulders, back, abs, obliques and legs.
Description The Lean Back exercise works your rectus abdominis, obliques, transversus abdominis, and inner thighs.
Watch Oblique -Twist Triceps Push-Up in the Fitness Magazine Video.
Cleveland Indians' Chris Perez to miss most of spring camp with strained left oblique .
Making ' Oblique ' Patterns Move.
Ivan Rodriguez has setback, will get second opinion on oblique strain.
Electing to start Leake means Johnny Cueto's oblique strain is pretty serious.
The Touch Down kettlebell exercise works your shoulders, triceps, abs, obliques and legs.
The Attitude Touchdown exercise works your abs, back, obliques, butt, and legs.
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In science:

The results presented herein bring the analysis of the ensemble of systems with confirmed stellar obliquities up to date.
Rossiter-McLaughlin Effect Measurements for WASP-16, WASP-25 and WASP-31
Our results have done little to change the overall picture presented by T10, instead strengthening the agreement with theoretical predictions for the distributions of both the pro jected and true stellar obliquities.
Rossiter-McLaughlin Effect Measurements for WASP-16, WASP-25 and WASP-31
Dogangun et al., “Oblique parameters and extra generations via OPUCEM”, Eur.
Combined search for the quarks of a sequential fourth generation
Additionally, we will explore NP scenarios with oblique corrections parameterized with the Peskin-Takeuchi parameters S and T , as well as tree-level shifts to the Z¯bb vertex.
Higgs Couplings and Precision Electroweak Data
In the presence of oblique corrections the theory predictions for the observables are modified to have the form O = OSM + cS S + cT T , where the coefficients ci depend on the input parameters (5).
Higgs Couplings and Precision Electroweak Data
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