verb (obliques, obliquing, obliqued)
- (geometry) An oblique line.
- (rare) The punctuation sign "/"
- 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.
- (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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- (botany, of leaves) Having the base of the blade asymmetrical, with one side larger or extending further than the other.
- (uncountable) The property of a word of sounding like what it represents.
- (countable) A word which has the property of onomatopoeia, such as "moo" or "hiss".
- elaborately ornamented, often to excess
- flashy, flowery or showy
noun (classical plural oxymora; Anglicized plural oxymorons)
- 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.
- (context, loosely, nonstandard) A contradiction in terms.
- A paradoxical juxtaposition of two seemingly contradictory words.