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obelisk Tweet Definition of obelisk Like Definition of obelisk on Facebook
noun 
  1. A tall, square, tapered, stone monolith topped with a pyramidal point, frequently used as a monument.
  2. (printing) The dagger sign ("), especially when used as a reference mark.
     
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.
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    octavo Tweet Definition of octavo Like Definition of octavo on Facebook
    noun 
    1. A sheet of paper 7 to 10 inches high and 4.5 to 6 inches wide, the size varying with the large original sheet used to create it. Made by folding the original sheet three times to produce eight leaves.
    2. A book page the size of such leaves.
    3. A book of octavo pages.
         
    offprint Tweet Definition of offprint Like Definition of offprint on Facebook
    noun 
    1. A reproduction of a single article from a journal or similar publication
    I got loads of requests for offprints of my paper on cold fusion
         
    offset Tweet Definition of offset Like Definition of offset on Facebook
    noun 
    1. Anything that acts as counterbalance; a compensating equivalent.
    Today's victory was an to yesterday's defeat.
    1. (context, international trade) A form of countertrade arrangement, in which the seller agrees to purchase within a set time frame products of a certain value from the the buying country. This kind of deals are often used in large international public sector contracts such as arms sales.
    2. (rfv-sense) A time at which something begins.
    You can hear the gun go off at the of the race.
    1. Offset printing.
    2. (programming) The difference between a target memory address and a base address.
    An array of bytes uses its index as the , of words a multiple thereof.
    1. The distance by which one thing is out of alignment with another.
    There is a small between the switch and the indicator which some users found confusing.
    verb (offsets, offsetting, offset)
    1. To compensate for something.
    I'll the time diffence locally.
         
    Old English Tweet Definition of Old English Like Definition of Old English on Facebook
    proper noun 
    1. The ancestor language of modern English, also called Anglo-Saxon, spoken in Britain from about 400 AD to 1100 AD. The language is a more inflected language, maintaining strong and weak verbs, nouns, and adjectives. It has a clearly marked subjunctive mood, and has 5 cases of nouns and adjectives. In addition to singular and plural grammatical numbers, there was a dual number for two people.
         
    onionskin Tweet Definition of onionskin Like Definition of onionskin on Facebook
    noun 
    1. A thin, strong, light, translucent paper; used especially for making carbon copies
         
    outline Tweet Definition of outline Like Definition of outline on Facebook
    noun 
    1. A line marking the boundary of an object figure
    2. The shape of an object or figure
    3. A sketch or drawing in which objects are delineated in contours without shading
    4. A general description of some subject
    5. A statement summarize, summarizing the important points of a text
    6. A preliminary plan of a project
    7. (italbrac, film industry) A prose telling of a story intended to be turned into a screenplay; generally longer and more detailed than a treatment.
         
    out-of-print Tweet Definition of out-of-print Like Definition of out-of-print on Facebook
    adjective (wikipedia, out-of-print book)
    (pos=out-of-print, -)
    1. (context, publishing) No longer offered for sale by a publisher; no longer on the firsthand market.
      I'm sorry, but that book has been for twenty years.
         
    outset Tweet Definition of outset Like Definition of outset on Facebook
    noun 
    1. the beginning or initial stage of something
      He agreed and understood from the , so don't bother explaining again.
         
    overlay Tweet Definition of overlay Like Definition of overlay on Facebook
    noun 
    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.
         
    overprint Tweet Definition of overprint Like Definition of overprint on Facebook
    noun 
    1. (stamp-collecting) the addition of new text on a previously printed stamp, usually to add a surcharge or change the face value.
    1. (printing) to overlap different colours to avoid gaps.
    verb 
    1. to add an overprint
         

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