oblique sphere

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Oblique \Ob*lique"\, a. [F., fr. L. obliquus; ob (see Ob-) +
   liquis oblique; cf. licinus bent upward, Gr. le`chrios
   slanting.] [Written also oblike.]
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   1. Not erect or perpendicular; neither parallel to, nor at
      right angles from, the base; slanting; inclined.
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            It has a direction oblique to that of the former
            motion.                               --Cheyne.
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   2. Not straightforward; indirect; obscure; hence,
      disingenuous; underhand; perverse; sinister.
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            The love we bear our friends . . .
            Hath in it certain oblique ends.      --Drayton.
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            This mode of oblique research, when a more direct
            one is denied, we find to be the only one in our
            power.                                --De Quincey.
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            Then would be closed the restless, oblique eye.
            That looks for evil, like a treacherous spy.
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   3. Not direct in descent; not following the line of father
      and son; collateral.
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            His natural affection in a direct line was strong,
            in an oblique but weak.               --Baker.
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   Oblique angle, Oblique ascension, etc. See under Angle,
      Ascension, etc.

   Oblique arch (Arch.), an arch whose jambs are not at right
      angles with the face, and whose intrados is in consequence

   Oblique bridge, a skew bridge. See under Bridge, n.

   Oblique case (Gram.), any case except the nominative. See
      Case, n.

   Oblique circle (Projection), a circle whose plane is
      oblique to the axis of the primitive plane.

   Oblique fire (Mil.), a fire the direction of which is not
      perpendicular to the line fired at.

   Oblique flank (Fort.), that part of the curtain whence the
      fire of the opposite bastion may be discovered. --Wilhelm.

   Oblique leaf. (Bot.)
      (a) A leaf twisted or inclined from the normal position.
      (b) A leaf having one half different from the other.

   Oblique line (Geom.), a line that, meeting or tending to
      meet another, makes oblique angles with it.

   Oblique motion (Mus.), a kind of motion or progression in
      which one part ascends or descends, while the other
      prolongs or repeats the same tone, as in the accompanying

   Oblique muscle (Anat.), a muscle acting in a direction
      oblique to the mesial plane of the body, or to the
      associated muscles; -- applied especially to two muscles
      of the eyeball.

   Oblique narration. See Oblique speech.

   Oblique planes (Dialing), planes which decline from the
      zenith, or incline toward the horizon.

   Oblique sailing (Naut.), the movement of a ship when she
      sails upon some rhumb between the four cardinal points,
      making an oblique angle with the meridian.

   Oblique speech (Rhet.), speech which is quoted indirectly,
      or in a different person from that employed by the
      original speaker.

   Oblique sphere (Astron. & Geog.), the celestial or
      terrestrial sphere when its axis is oblique to the horizon
      of the place; or as it appears to an observer at any point
      on the earth except the poles and the equator.

   Oblique step (Mil.), a step in marching, by which the
      soldier, while advancing, gradually takes ground to the
      right or left at an angle of about 25[deg]. It is not now
      practiced. --Wilhelm.

   Oblique system of coordinates (Anal. Geom.), a system in
      which the coordinate axes are oblique to each other.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Sphere \Sphere\, n. [OE. spere, OF. espere, F. sph[`e]re, L.
   sphaera,. Gr. ??? a sphere, a ball.]
   1. (Geom.) A body or space contained under a single surface,
      which in every part is equally distant from a point within
      called its center.
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   2. Hence, any globe or globular body, especially a celestial
      one, as the sun, a planet, or the earth.
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            Of celestial bodies, first the sun,
            A mighty sphere, he framed.           --Milton.
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   3. (Astron.)
      (a) The apparent surface of the heavens, which is assumed
          to be spherical and everywhere equally distant, in
          which the heavenly bodies appear to have their places,
          and on which the various astronomical circles, as of
          right ascension and declination, the equator,
          ecliptic, etc., are conceived to be drawn; an ideal
          geometrical sphere, with the astronomical and
          geographical circles in their proper positions on it.
      (b) In ancient astronomy, one of the concentric and
          eccentric revolving spherical transparent shells in
          which the stars, sun, planets, and moon were supposed
          to be set, and by which they were carried, in such a
          manner as to produce their apparent motions.
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   4. (Logic) The extension of a general conception, or the
      totality of the individuals or species to which it may be
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   5. Circuit or range of action, knowledge, or influence;
      compass; province; employment; place of existence.
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            To be called into a huge sphere, and not to be seen
            to move in 't.                        --Shak.
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            Taking her out of the ordinary relations with
            humanity, and inclosing her in a sphere by herself.
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            Each in his hidden sphere of joy or woe
            Our hermit spirits dwell.             --Keble.
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   6. Rank; order of society; social positions.
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   7. An orbit, as of a star; a socket. [R.] --Shak.
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   Armillary sphere, Crystalline sphere, Oblique sphere,.
      See under Armillary, Crystalline,.

   Doctrine of the sphere, applications of the principles of
      spherical trigonometry to the properties and relations of
      the circles of the sphere, and the problems connected with
      them, in astronomy and geography, as to the latitudes and
      longitudes, distance and bearing, of places on the earth,
      and the right ascension and declination, altitude and
      azimuth, rising and setting, etc., of the heavenly bodies;
      spherical geometry.

   Music of the spheres. See under Music.
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   Syn: Globe; orb; circle. See Globe.
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