1. any grammatical case other than the nominative

    Synonyms : oblique case
    Antonyms : nominative
    Type Of : grammatical case, case
  2. indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way; misleading

    Synonyms : devious
    Examples :
    • gave oblique answers to direct questions
    • oblique political maneuvers
  3. a diagonally arranged abdominal muscle on either side of the torso

    Synonyms : abdominal external oblique muscle, external oblique muscle, musculus obliquus externus abdominis
    Type Of : abdominal, ab, abdominal muscle
  4. slanting or inclined in direction or course or position--neither parallel nor perpendicular nor right-angled

    Antonyms : parallel, perpendicular
    Examples :
    • the oblique rays of the winter sun
    • acute and obtuse angles are oblique angles
    • the axis of an oblique cone is not perpendicular to its base


  1. a nonmetallic bivalent element that is normally a colorless odorless tasteless nonflammable diatomic gas; constitutes 21 percent of the atmosphere by volume; the most abundant element in the earth's crust

    Synonyms : atomic number 8, o
    Type Of : element, gas, chemical element