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oblique
used in Gulliver's Travels

6 uses
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Definition
indirect; i.e., not straightforward
  • When the position of the stone is oblique, the motion of the island is so too: for in this magnet, the forces always act in lines parallel to its direction.
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (25% in)
  • By this oblique motion, the island is conveyed to different parts of the monarch's dominions.
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (25% in)
  • ...let the line c d represent the loadstone, of which let d be the repelling end, and c the attracting end, the island being over C: let the stone be placed in position c d, with its repelling end downwards; then the island will be driven upwards obliquely towards D. When it is arrived at D, let the stone be turned upon its axle, till its attracting end points towards E, and then the island will be carried obliquely towards E; where, if the stone be again turned upon its axle till it...
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (25% in)
  • ...c d, with its repelling end downwards; then the island will be driven upwards obliquely towards D. When it is arrived at D, let the stone be turned upon its axle, till its attracting end points towards E, and then the island will be carried obliquely towards E; where, if the stone be again turned upon its axle till it stands in the position E F, with its repelling point downwards, the island will rise obliquely towards F, where, by directing the attracting end towards G, the island may...
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (25% in)
  • ...let the stone be turned upon its axle, till its attracting end points towards E, and then the island will be carried obliquely towards E; where, if the stone be again turned upon its axle till it stands in the position E F, with its repelling point downwards, the island will rise obliquely towards F, where, by directing the attracting end towards G, the island may be carried to G, and from G to H, by turning the stone, so as to make its repelling extremity to point directly downward.
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (26% in)
  • And thus, by changing the situation of the stone, as often as there is occasion, the island is made to rise and fall by turns in an oblique direction, and by those alternate risings and fallings (the obliquity being not considerable) is conveyed from one part of the dominions to the other.
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (26% in)

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