• WordNet 3.6
    • adj skew having an oblique or slanting direction or position "the picture was skew"
    • v skew turn or place at an angle "the lines on the sheet of paper are skewed"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Skew (Arch) A stone at the foot of the slope of a gable, the offset of a buttress, or the like, cut with a sloping surface and with a check to receive the coping stones and retain them in place.
    • adv Skew Awry; obliquely; askew.
    • Skew To look obliquely; to squint; hence, to look slightingly or suspiciously.
    • Skew To shape or form in an oblique way; to cause to take an oblique position.
    • Skew To start aside; to shy, as a horse.
    • Skew To throw or hurl obliquely.
    • Skew To walk obliquely; to go sidling; to lie or move obliquely. "Child, you must walk straight, without skewing ."
    • a Skew Turned or twisted to one side; situated obliquely; skewed; -- chiefly used in technical phrases.This requires that the numbers in the diagonal from the upper left to lower right corner be zeros. A like determinant in which the numbers in the diagonal are not zeros is a skew determinant, as in (2), above.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • skew To turn aside; slip or fall away; escape.
    • skew To start aside; swerve; shy, as a horse.
    • skew To move or go obliquely; sidle.
    • skew To look obliquely; squint; hence, to look slightingly or suspiciously.
    • skew To turn aside; give an oblique direction to; hence, to distort; put askew.
    • skew To shape or form in an oblique way.
    • skew To throw or hurl obliquely.
    • skew To throw violently. Compare shy.
    • skew Having an oblique position; oblique; turned or twisted to one side: as, a skew bridge.
    • skew Distorted; perverted; perverse.
    • skew In mathematics, having disturbed symmetry by certain elements being reversed on opposite sides; also, more widely, distorted.
    • skew A casting on the end of a truss to which a tensionrod may be attached. It may form a cap, or be shaped to fit the impost.
    • skew A carvers' chisel having the shank bent to allow the edge to reach a sunken surface.
    • n skew A deviation or distortion; hence, an error; a mistake.
    • n skew An oblique glance; a squint.
    • n skew A piebald or skew-bald animal, especially a horse.
    • n skew A skew wheel.
    • n skew In architecture, thn sloping top of a buttress where it slants off against a wall; a coping mounting on a slant, as that of a gable; a stone built into the base-angle of a gable, or other similar situation, to support a coping above. Compare skew-corbel, below.
    • skew Aslant; aslope; obliquely; awry; askew.
    • n skew An obsolete variant of sky.
    • n skew Same as scow.
    • n skew A cup.
    • n skew In mathematics, a regulus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Skew skū oblique: intersecting a road, river, &c. not at right angles, as a bridge
    • adv Skew awry: obliquely
    • v.t Skew to turn aside
    • n Skew a deviation, a mistake: a squint:
    • n Skew (archit.) the sloping top of a buttress slanting off against a wall
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. D. scheef,. Dan. skiv, Sw. skef, Icel. skeifr, G. schief, also E. shy, a. & v. i


In literature:

She looked with her skew eyes upon young Bulbo, Crim Tartary's stupid heir, and she preferred him.
"The Rose and the Ring" by William Makepeace Thackeray
She looked with her skew eyes upon young Bulbo, Crim Tartary's stupid heir, and she preferred him.
"The Christmas Books" by William Makepeace Thackeray
I skewed the cross to a jeweller, who valued it at sixty-five Louis.
"The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete" by Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
But he'll probably skew his Exam.
"The Forsyte Saga, Complete" by John Galsworthy
Judges are identified politically and their decisions are often skewed.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
He is waving his helmet with one hand, and pointing to the sea with the other, mounted on a skew-bald charger.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
And so this is how the line got skewed and leaves this strip kind of irregular, clear through the town, north and south.
"Mitch Miller" by Edgar Lee Masters
It doesn't pay to be skewed.
"The Hill" by Horace Annesley Vachell
I call her Skew Gee, because her first name is Sue.
"Heart of Gold" by Ruth Alberta Brown
The skew-arch in the gateway at Perugia shows great knowledge in its execution.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 4" by Various

In news:

' 60 Minutes ' report on health care corporation skewed.
Since you accepted Pew 's numbers, your readers received a skewed perspective on actual prison spending in Oregon.
San Marcos — Republicans say the polls are skewed, until they show their guy in the lead.
Republicans say the polls are skewed, until they show their guy in the lead.
The debate over racial policy has been skewed and distorted by a profound failure to listen.
Testing in the summer time is difficult because occupants tend to keep windows and doors open for longer durations which could skew the results of the test.
There was a major skew towards 80 percent puzzle solving.
I was disappointed both with how little she had to offer and her skewed criticisms of the current system.
Pro-Obama skew may cost Democrats votes.
The first is to respond to skewness towards large values.
During the day, the crowd skews to downtown workers, with some ironic mustaches and geeky girl glasses thrown in.
Are Polls Skewed Too Heavily Against Republicans.
Republicans say that recent polling data favoring Obama is skewed .
Are the polls skewed .
Simplifies the ability to transverse tine on newly paved streets and highways requiring a skew texture.

In science:

The unitary group U (n, q) can be defined as the subgroup of GL(n, q2 ) preserving a nondegenerate skew-linear form.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
We construct the skew-orthogonal polynomials for the chUE by a generalization of an operator method introduced by Br´ezin and Neuberger .
Spectral Universality of Real Chiral Random Matrix Ensembles
For finite M and a smooth dependence of the coefficients Tij on the order of the skew-orthogonal polynomials the number of terms in R(x, y ), and thus the contribution of R(x, y ) to the pre-kernel, is subleading in 1/n.
Spectral Universality of Real Chiral Random Matrix Ensembles
The skew-orthogonal polynomials for the Gaussian case can be derived in a similar way.
Spectral Universality of Real Chiral Random Matrix Ensembles
The even order skew-orthogonal polynomials always have as many positive zeros as the order of the polynomial.
Spectral Universality of Real Chiral Random Matrix Ensembles