from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To take an oblique course or direction.
- intransitive v. To look obliquely or sideways.
- transitive v. To turn or place at an angle.
- transitive v. To give a bias to; distort.
- adj. Placed or turned to one side; asymmetrical.
- adj. Distorted or biased in meaning or effect.
- adj. Having a part that diverges, as in gearing.
- adj. Mathematics Neither parallel nor intersecting. Used of straight lines in space.
- adj. Statistics Not symmetrical about the mean. Used of distributions.
- n. An oblique or slanting movement, position, or direction.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Neither perpendicular nor parallel (usually said of two lines).
- v. To change or alter in a particular direction.
- v. To shape or form in an oblique way; to cause to take an oblique position.
- v. To throw or hurl obliquely.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. Awry; obliquely; askew.
- adj. Turned or twisted to one side; situated obliquely; skewed; -- chiefly used in technical phrases.
- n. A stone at the foot of the slope of a gable, the offset of a buttress, or the like, cut with a sloping surface and with a check to receive the coping stones and retain them in place.
- intransitive v. To walk obliquely; to go sidling; to lie or move obliquely.
- intransitive v. To start aside; to shy, as a horse.
- intransitive v. To look obliquely; to squint; hence, to look slightingly or suspiciously.
- transitive v. To shape or form in an oblique way; to cause to take an oblique position.
- transitive v. To throw or hurl obliquely.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To turn aside; slip or fall away; escape.
- To start aside; swerve; shy, as a horse.
- To move or go obliquely; sidle.
- To look obliquely; squint; hence, to look slightingly or suspiciously.
- To turn aside; give an oblique direction to; hence, to distort; put askew.
- To shape or form in an oblique way.
- To throw or hurl obliquely.
- To throw violently. Compare shy.
- Having an oblique position; oblique; turned or twisted to one side: as, a skew bridge.
- Distorted; perverted; perverse.
- In mathematics, having disturbed symmetry by certain elements being reversed on opposite sides; also, more widely, distorted.
- A casting on the end of a truss to which a tensionrod may be attached. It may form a cap, or be shaped to fit the impost.
- A carvers' chisel having the shank bent to allow the edge to reach a sunken surface.
- n. A deviation or distortion; hence, an error; a mistake.
- n. An oblique glance; a squint.
- n. A piebald or skew-bald animal, especially a horse.
- n. A skew wheel.
- n. 5. In architecture, thn sloping top of a buttress where it slants off against a wall; a coping mounting on a slant, as that of a gable; a stone built into the base-angle of a gable, or other similar situation, to support a coping above. Compare skew-corbel, below.
- Aslant; aslope; obliquely; awry; askew.
- n. An obsolete variant of sky.
- n. Same as scow.
- n. A cup.
- n. In mathematics, a regulus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having an oblique or slanting direction or position
- v. turn or place at an angle
Middle English skewen, to escape, run sideways, from Old North French eskiuer, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French escuer, eskiuer, northern variants of eschuer, eschiver, eschever. (Wiktionary)