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oblique Tweet Definition of oblique Like Definition of oblique on Facebook
  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.
  • 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.
  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.
    observer Tweet Definition of observer Like Definition of observer on Facebook
    noun (observers)
    1. A person who adheres or follows laws, guidelines, etc.
    I shall be an of the local customs.
    1. anyone who watches, monitors or takes notice
    Most impartial observers agreed that Sampras had not served well.
    1. A person sent, as a delegate, to a meeting or other function to monitor but not to participate
    The UN sent many observers to the country's first elections.
    1. (military) A crew member on an aircraft who makes observations of enemy positions or aircraft
    The only crew-member to survive the crash was the Canadian .
    1. (military) A sentry etc manning an observation post
    We waited till dusk when the observers' vision was poorest.
    OCS Tweet Definition of OCS Like Definition of OCS on Facebook
    1. (linguistics) Old Church Slavonic
    2. outer continental shelf
    3. (military) officer candidate school
    4. Office of Contract Settlement
    oldster Tweet Definition of oldster Like Definition of oldster on Facebook
    1. Someone who is old aged
    olive drab Tweet Definition of olive drab Like Definition of olive drab on Facebook
    1. (colour) a greyish green colour, like that of a ripe green olive.
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      1. cloth of an olive drab colour, used often for military uniforms.
    1. (colour) of a greyish green colour, like that of a ripe green olive.
    op Tweet Definition of op Like Definition of op on Facebook
    abbreviation OP
    1. operator, operation or operative
    2. opportunity
    3. opus
    4. "Original Post" or "Original Poster" (Internet slang)
    orderly Tweet Definition of orderly Like Definition of orderly on Facebook
    noun (orderlies)
    1. A hospital attendant given a variety of non-medical duties.
    2. A soldier who carries out minor tasks for a superior officer.
    1. Having or with order.
    ordnance Tweet Definition of ordnance Like Definition of ordnance on Facebook
    1. military equipment, especially weapons and ammunition.
    2. artillery.
    Orion Tweet Definition of Orion Like Definition of Orion on Facebook
    proper noun 
    1. (greekmyth) A giant-hunter, pursuer of the Pleiades and lover of Eos, and killed by Artemis.
    2. (constellation) A constellation on the celestial equator close to Gemini and Taurus, containing the stars Betelgeuse and Rigel.
    outpost Tweet Definition of outpost Like Definition of outpost on Facebook
    1. A military post stationed at a distance from the main body of troops.
    The did not have enough ammunition to resist a determined assault.
    1. The troops themselves, so stationed.
    Sgt. Smith fleeced most of the rest of the of their earnings in their weekly game of craps.
    1. An outlying settlement.
    Beyond the border proper, there are three small outposts not officially under government protection.
    over Tweet Definition of over Like Definition of over on Facebook
    1. (cricket) A set of 6 balls bowled
    1. finished; ended or concluded
    The show is .
    1. Through with; emotionally detatched.
    He is finally his ex-girlfriend.
    1. (as a prefix): to excess.
    He is over-zealous...
    The latest policy was over-conservative...
    1. again, Again; another time; once more
    I lost my paper and I had to do the entire assignment .
    overlay Tweet Definition of overlay Like Definition of overlay on Facebook
    1. (printing) A piece of paper pasted upon the tympan sheet to improve the impression by making it stronger at a particular place.
    2. (betting) Odds which are set higher than expected or warranted. Favorable odds.
    3. (horse racing) A horse going off at higher odds than it appears to warrant, based on its past performances.
    verb (overlays, overlaying, overlaid)
    1. (transitive) To lay, or spread, something over or across; to cover.
    2. To overwhelm; to press excessively upon.
    3. (transitive) To smother with a close covering, or by lying upon.
    4. (transitive) (printing) To put an overlay
    5. Noun, overlay on.

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