oblique oblique  /əb ˈlik/


  1. (n) any grammatical case other than the nominative
  2. (n) a diagonally arranged abdominal muscle on either side of the torso
  3. (adj) slanting or inclined in direction or course or position--neither parallel nor perpendicular nor right-angled
  4. (adj) indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way; misleading


  1. The professor made an oblique reference to the students coming late by announcing the current time to the class.
  2. Joe evaded the question with an oblique answer.
  3. Simon made an oblique reference to the riots that had occurred a year ago in that very place.


  1. Chase Utley nearing rehab assignment

    Friday marked the first time Utley had taken batting practice since injuring his oblique swinging the bat on May 21 in Miami. Utley would have likely hit before Sunday's game as well, but the tarp was on the field prior to the Phillies game against the Colorado Rockies , so neither team took batting practice.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Philly.com

  2. Stephen Strasburg: (Oblique) Back in Action

    Update: Strasburg (oblique) was activated from the 15-day DL on Sunday MLB.com reports.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: Rotowire.com via Yahoo! Sports

  3. Stephen Strasburg: (Oblique) Will Start Sunday

    Update: Strasburg (oblique) made it though a bullpen session Thursday without issue and is on track to return to the Nationals on Sunday, the Washington Post reports.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Rotowire.com via Yahoo! Sports


  1. "It's just a cramp, I started cramping up in the fifth inning, I took some salt pills and drank a bunch of Powerade, and the cramp went away," Davies said. "In the seventh, I started feeling a little pinge in my oblique. At first it wasn't...
    on Jun 23, 2007 By: Kyle Davies Source: Sports Network

  2. "He had a significant oblique strain," Cashman said. "I'll probably say three weeks, but we'll see. Worst case, it's one of those lengthy ones that gives him to short a period of time to get ready. But it's really premature to be guessing."
    on Feb 26, 2007 By: Brian Cashman Source: SI.com

  3. "It's just a strain of the oblique," said Jones. "It's something you're going to have to get off of for four or five days and reevaluate and go from there. This is something you don't want lingering."
    on Mar 15, 2009 By: Chipper Jones Source: Sports Network

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