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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.
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    onomatopoeia Tweet Definition of onomatopoeia Like Definition of onomatopoeia on Facebook
    noun 
    1. (uncountable) The property of a word of sounding like what it represents.
    2. (countable) A word which has the property of onomatopoeia, such as "moo" or "hiss".
         
    ornate Tweet Definition of ornate Like Definition of ornate on Facebook
    adjective 
    1. elaborately ornamented, often to excess
    2. flashy, flowery or showy
         
    oxymoron Tweet Definition of oxymoron Like Definition of oxymoron on Facebook
    noun (classical plural oxymora; Anglicized plural oxymorons)
    1. A figure of speech in which two words of opposing meanings are used together to express two contrasting qualities in one concept.
    "Bitter-sweet" is an example of an ; memories that are bitter-sweet are both painful and pleasant to recall.
    1. (context, loosely, nonstandard) A contradiction in terms.
    2. A paradoxical juxtaposition of two seemingly contradictory words.
         

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