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 (ō-blĭk′wĭ-tē, ə-blĭk′-)
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).

o·bliq′ui·tous adj.
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n, pl -ties
1. the state or condition of being oblique
2. a deviation from the perpendicular or horizontal
3. a moral or mental deviation
4. (Astronomy) astronomy Also called: obliquity of the ecliptic the angle between the plane of the earth's orbit and that of the celestial equator, equal to approximately 23° 27′ at present
oˈbliquitous adj
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(əˈblɪk wɪ ti, oʊˈblɪk-)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state of being oblique.
2. an inclination or a degree of inclination.
3. immorality.
4. intellectual deviousness.
5. deliberate evasiveness in speech or writing.
6. a confusing or obscure statement or passage of writing.
7. the angle between the plane of the earth's orbit and that of the earth's equator, equal to 23°27~; the inclination of the earth's equator.
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The characteristic in wide-angle or oblique photography that portrays the terrain and objects at such an angle and range that details necessary for interpretation are seriously masked or are at a very small scale, rendering interpretation difficult or impossible.
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the inclination of the earth’s equator or the angle between the plane of the earth’s orbit and the plane of the equator (23°27’). Also called obliquity of the ecliptic. See also 133. EARTH. — obliquitous, adj.
See also: Astronomy
the inclination of the earth’s equator or the angle between the plane of the earth’s orbit and the plane of the equator (23°27″). See also astronomy. Also called obliquity of the ecliptic. — obliquitous, adj.
See also: Earth
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.obliquity - the presentation during labor of the head of the fetus at an abnormal angle
childbed, confinement, lying-in, parturiency, travail, labour, labor - concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child; "she was in labor for six hours"
abnormalcy, abnormality - an abnormal physical condition resulting from defective genes or developmental deficiencies
2.obliquity - the quality of being deceptive
dishonesty - the quality of being dishonest
meretriciousness, speciousness - an appearance of truth that is false or deceptive; seeming plausibility; "the speciousness of his argument"
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n. oblicuidad, estado de estar inclinado-a.
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Sundials use the Earth's rotation, axial tilt, and orbit around the Sun to measure time.
These sources of water are located in patches in regions close to the satellite's south and north poles - areas that remain shaded all the time and do not receive any sunlight due to the moon's slight axial tilt.
Axial tilt contributes to seasons and climate because it affects how sunlight strikes the planet's surface.
"Mars is in the habitable zone in our solar system, but its axial tilt has been very unstable - varying from zero to 60 degrees," said Georgia Tech Assistant Professor Gongjie Li, who led the study together with graduate student Yutong Shan from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
Milankovitch Cycles also take into consideration axial tilt, or the angle of the Earth's north-south axis as it revolves around the Sun.
The main reflector is generated by parabolas [M.sub.n] (n = 1, 2, 3, ..., N) with a focus at [P.sub.n] and a common axial tilt angle [gamma] in the elevation plane.
Determining the axial tilt of planets or the angle between the planet's equatorial plane and orbital plane proves difficult to assess accurately, given the limitations of the observational points of view on Earth.
Arbitrary tilt angle [phi] (axial tilt) included between acceleration g and axis z has been resolved into two component angles [alpha] (pitch) and y (roll) or alternatively auxiliary angle [beta].
KUWAIT, Dec 16 (KUNA) -- The winter solstice, the longest night and shortest day of the year, is expected to fall on December 22 when the earth's axial tilt is farthest from the sun, astronomer Adel Al-Saadoun said on Tuesday.
Earth's maximum axial tilt toward the |sun is 23deg 26'.
She explains that in the model the layer formation is driven by insolation, and the dust-rich layers can be formed by two processes: 1: Increased evaporation of ice during the summer at high obliquity (when the rotational axis tilts down), and 2: Variations in dust accumulation as a result of variations in the axial tilt.
The induced oceanic torque (clockwise when viewed from the north pole) countered the regular rotation of the earth from west to east, leading to the increased axial tilt or obliquity of the planet.