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oblique Tweet Definition of oblique Like Definition of oblique on Facebook
noun
  1. (geometry) An oblique line.
  2. (rare) The punctuation sign "/"
verb (obliques, obliquing, obliqued)
  1. To deviate from a perpendicular line; to move in an oblique direction.
Quotations
  • Projecting his person towards it in a line which obliqued from the bottom of his spine. - Sir. W. Scott.
    1. (military) To march in a direction oblique to the line of the column or platoon; " formerly accomplished by oblique steps, now by direct steps, the men half- facing either to the right or left.
adjective
  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 motion. - Cheyne.
    1. 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. <br /> That looks for evil, like a treacherous spy. - Wordworth.
    1. 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.
    1. (botany, of leaves) Having the base of the blade asymmetrical, with one side larger or extending further than the other.
    ocher Tweet Definition of ocher Like Definition of ocher on Facebook
    noun
    1. alternative spelling of ochre
    ochre Tweet Definition of ochre Like Definition of ochre on Facebook
    noun
    1. (colours) a somewhat yellowish orange color, colour.
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      1. An earth pigment containing silica, aluminum and ferric oxide.
      2. (biology), (genetics), (biochemistry) A colloquial name used in molecular biology referring to a particular stop codon sequence, "UAA."
    adjective (no (compar) or (superl))
    1. (colours) having a yellow-orange colour.
    2. Referring to archaeological cultures that covered their dead with ochre.
    odalisque Tweet Definition of odalisque Like Definition of odalisque on Facebook
    noun
    1. A female, virginal slave in the Ottoman Seraglio.
    2. A representation of an odalisque in a painting.
    oil paint Tweet Definition of oil paint Like Definition of oil paint on Facebook
    noun
    1. A paint in which the colours are suspended in an oil such as linseed oil which hardens on exposure to the air
    oil painting Tweet Definition of oil painting Like Definition of oil painting on Facebook
    noun
    1. A painting done with oil paints
    2. The art of painting with oil paints
    op Tweet Definition of op Like Definition of op on Facebook
    abbreviationOP
    1. operator, operation or operative
    2. opportunity
    3. opus
    4. "Original Post" or "Original Poster" (Internet slang)
    orant Tweet Definition of orant Like Definition of orant on Facebook
    noun
    1. An image of a person with hands up in prayer.
    organic Tweet Definition of organic Like Definition of organic on Facebook
    adjective
    1. (biology) pertaining to, derived from, like, of the nature of, an organ of the body
    2. (chemistry) relating to the compounds of carbon, relating to natural products
    3. of food or food products, grown in an environment free from artificial agro-chemicals, and possibly certified organic by a regulatory body.
    4. (sociology) a form of social solidarity theorized by Emile Durkheim that is characterized by voluntary engagements in complex interdepencies for mutual benefit (such as business agreements), rather than mechanical solidarity, which depends on ascribed relations between people (as in a family or tribe).
    origami Tweet Definition of origami Like Definition of origami on Facebook
    noun (uncountable)
    1. The Japanese art of paper folding.
    oxblood Tweet Definition of oxblood Like Definition of oxblood on Facebook
    noun
    1. (colour) A dark brownish-red colour.
    adjective
    1. (colour) Of a dark brownish-red colour.
    oyster Tweet Definition of oyster Like Definition of oyster on Facebook
    noun
    1. Any marine bivalve mollusk of the Family Ostreidae, usually found adhering to rocks or other fixed objects in shallow water along the seacoasts, or in brackish water in the mouth of rivers.
    2. A name popularly given to the delicate morsel of dark meat contained in a small cavity of the bone on each side of the lower part of the back of a fowl.
    3. (color) a pale beige colour tinted with grey or pink, like that of an oyster.
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      1. (slang) A person who keeps the secrets trusted to him,
    adjective
    1. (color) of a pale beige colour tinted with grey or pink, like that of an oyster.

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