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Meaning of SKEW

Pronunciation:  skyoo

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  having an oblique or slanting direction or position; "the picture was skew"
  2. [v]  turn or place at an angle; "the lines on the sheet of paper are skewed"

SKEW is a 4 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: inclined, skewed
 Antonyms: adjust, align, aline, line up
 See Also: change orientation, orient, reorient



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Skew\, adv. [Cf. D. scheef. Dan. ski?v, Sw. skef, Icel.
    skeifr, G. schief, also E. shy, a. & v. i.]
    Awry; obliquely; askew.
  2. \Skew\, a.
    Turned or twisted to one side; situated obliquely; skewed; --
    chiefly used in technical phrases.
    {Skew arch}, an oblique arch. See under {Oblique}.
    {Skew back}. (Civil Engin.)
    (a) The course of masonry, the stone, or the iron plate,
        having an inclined face, which forms the abutment for the
        voussoirs of a segmental arch.
    (b) A plate, cap, or shoe, having an inclined face to receive
        the nut of a diagonal brace, rod, or the end of an
        inclined strut, in a truss or frame.
    {Skew bridge}. See under {Bridge}, n.
    {Skew curve} (Geom.), a curve of double curvature, or a
       twisted curve. See {Plane curve}, under {Curve}.
    {Skew gearing}, or {Skew bevel gearing} (Mach.), toothed
       gearing, generally resembling bevel gearing, for
       connecting two shafts that are neither parallel nor
       intersecting, and in which the teeth slant across the
       faces of the gears.
    {Skew surface} (Geom.), a ruled surface such that in general
       two successive generating straight lines do not intersect;
       a warped surface; as, the helicoid is a skew surface.
    {Skew symmetrical determinant} (Alg.), a determinant in which
       the elements in each column of the matrix are equal to the
       elements of the corresponding row of the matrix with the
       signs changed, as in (1), below. (1) 0 2 -3-2 0 53 -5 0
       (2) 4 -1 71 8 -2-7 2 1
    Note: This requires that the numbers in the diagonal from the
          upper left to lower right corner be zeros. A like
          determinant in which the numbers in the diagonal are
          not zeros is a skew determinant, as in (2), above.
  3. \Skew\, n. (Arch.)
    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.
  4. \Skew\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Skewed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To walk obliquely; to go sidling; to lie or move
             Child, you must walk straight, without skewing.
    2. To start aside; to shy, as a horse. [Prov. Eng.]
    3. To look obliquely; to squint; hence, to look slightingly
       or suspiciously. --Beau. & Fl.
  5. \Skew\, v. t. [See {Skew}, adv.]
    1. To shape or form in an oblique way; to cause to take an
       oblique position.
    2. To throw or hurl obliquely.