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Oblique fire


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Oblique fire (Mil) a fire the direction of which is not perpendicular to the line fired at.
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In literature:

Then I remember Thorns firing doubts at me obliquely across the table.
"The New Machiavelli" by Herbert George Wells
Obliquely from between the interstices of the fire-escape platform came a point of moving white light.
"The Drums Of Jeopardy" by Harold MacGrath
At half-past six the Horse battery unlimbered at the water's edge, and began to fire obliquely up and across the river.
"The River War" by Winston S. Churchill
There was such a heavy fire from the "Crater" the brigade was forced to oblique to the left and banked on Mahone's men.
"History of Kershaw's Brigade" by D. Augustus Dickert
If the enemy advance in deployed lines, the batteries should endeavor to cross their fire in order to strike the lines obliquely.
"The Art of War" by Baron Henri de Jomini
Sharpened stakes, with their points hardened by fire, driven obliquely into the ground, may also be used.
"Military Instructors Manual" by James P. Cole and Oliver Schoonmaker
If possible, batteries should be established so as to take the enemy's line in flank, either by an oblique or enfilading fire.
"Elements of Military Art and Science" by Henry Wager Halleck
The early sun was now up, and its oblique rays set the waves dancing with a myriad points of fire.
"Dead Man's Rock" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Then the three first sides of our square, the second and the third obliquing to the right and left fired.
"The Conscript" by Émile Erckmann
The course taken by this party brought them obliquely across the range of the fire of the Whigs.
"Horse-Shoe Robinson" by John Pendleton Kennedy
Even the hardy Mohammedan was haggard and spent, and his oblique eyes glowed like the red embers of a dying fire.
"The Red Year" by Louis Tracy
I couldn't probably make him fire right oblique, if I wanted to.
"Miss Ravenel's conversion from secession to loyalty" by J. W. de Forest