From (etyl) (m) and its source, post-classical (etyl) .
(Roman Catholic Church) A person dedicated to a life of religion or monasticism, especially a member of an order without religious vows or a lay member of a religious community.
A child given up by its parents into the keeping or dedication of a religious order or house.
* 2007', The Venerable Bede started as an '''oblate at St Paul's, Jarrow, but by the time of his death in 735 was surely the most learned man in Europe. — Tom Shippey, ‘I Lerne Song’, ''London Review of Books 29:4, p. 19
Flattened or depressed at the poles.
* 1922', Why should I not speak to him or to any human being who walks upright upon this '''oblate orange? — James Joyce, ''Ulysses
* 1997', ‘ ’Tis prolate, still,’ with a long dejected Geordie O. ‘Isn’t it…?’ ‘I’m an Astronomer,– trust me, ’tis gone well to '''oblate .’ — Thomas Pynchon, ''Mason & Dixon
- The Earth is an oblate spheroid.
Not erect or perpendicular; neither parallel to, nor at right angles from, the base; slanting; inclined.
Not straightforward; indirect; obscure; hence, disingenuous; underhand; perverse; sinister.
- It has a direction oblique to that of the former motion.
* De Quincey
- The love we bear our friends Hath in it certain oblique ends.
- This mode of oblique research, when a more direct one is denied, we find to be the only one in our power.
Not direct in descent; not following the line of father and son; collateral.
- Then would be closed the restless, oblique eye / That looks for evil, like a treacherous spy.
(botany, of leaves) Having the base of the blade asymmetrical, with one side larger or extending further than the other.
- His natural affection in a direct line was strong, in an oblique but weak.
* oblique angle
* oblique arch
* oblique ascension
* oblique bridge
* oblique case
* oblique circle
* oblique fire
* oblique flank
* oblique line
* oblique motion
* oblique muscle
* oblique narration
* oblique plane
* oblique sailing
* oblique speech
* oblique sphere
* oblique step
* oblique system of coordinates
(geometry) An oblique line.
The punctuation sign "/"
(grammar) The oblique case.
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.