Definition of Obliquity in English :

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Obliquity meaning in English

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1. asynclitism, obliquity

the presentation during labor of the head of the fetus at an abnormal angle

2. deceptiveness, obliquity

the quality of being deceptive

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noun plural -ties
the state or condition of being oblique
a deviation from the perpendicular or horizontal
a moral or mental deviation
4. Also called: obliquity of the ecliptic astronomy
the angle between the plane of the earth's orbit and that of the celestial equator, equal to approximately 23° 27′ at present

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nounWord forms: plural obˈliquities
the state or quality of being oblique
an oblique statement, action, etc.
a turning aside from moral conduct or sound thinking
4.  Astronomy
the angle between the planes of a planet's equator and its orbit about the sun: for the earth (obliquity of the ecliptic) it is currently c. 23° 26.5′ and will decrease at the rate of 0.47″ a year for c. 1,500 years, at which time it will begin to increase again
5.  Ancient Mathematics
deviation of a line or plane from the perpendicular or parallel
the degree of this

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see synonyms of obliquity
n. pl. o·bliq·ui·ties
a. The quality or condition of being oblique, especially in deviating from a vertical or horizontal line, plane, position, or direction.
b. The angle or extent of such a deviation.
a. Deviation from moral or proper conduct or thought: "Eleanor did not believe that early rising could possibly be compatible with moral obliquity" (Elizabeth Bowen).
b. An instance of this.
3. Indirection in conduct or verbal expression; lack of straightforwardness: "It may be that the candor of contemporary literature creates a nostalgia for indirection, obliquity and deferral" (Anatole Broyard).

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