angle

noun (1)
an·gle | \ ˈaŋ-gəl \

Definition of angle 

(Entry 1 of 4)

1 : a corner whether constituting a projecting part or a partially enclosed space They sheltered in an angle of the building.

2a : the figure formed by two lines extending from the same point also : dihedral angle

b : a measure of an angle or of the amount of turning necessary to bring one line or plane into coincidence with or parallel to another

3a : the direction from which someone or something is approached soldiers being attacked from every angle a football player trying to get an angle on an opponent [=approach an opponent from an effective angle]

b : the precise viewpoint from which something is observed or considered a camera angle consider the question from all angles also : the aspect seen from such an angle discuss all angles of the question

c(1) : a special approach, point of attack, or technique for accomplishing an objective try a new angle

(2) : an often improper or illicit method of obtaining advantage a salesman always looking for an angle

4 : a sharply divergent course The road went off at an angle.

angle

verb (1)
angled; angling\-g(ə-)liŋ \

Definition of angle (Entry 2 of 4)

intransitive verb

: to turn or proceed at an angle The road angles up the hill.

transitive verb

1 : to turn, move, or direct at an angle slipped the key in and angled it to one side

2 : to present (something, such as a news story) from a particular or prejudiced point of view : slant angled stories toward the newspaper's political preferences

angle

verb (2)
angled; angling\-g(ə-)liŋ \

Definition of angle (Entry 3 of 4)

intransitive verb

1 : to fish with a hook

2 : to use artful means to attain an objective angled for an invitation

Angle

noun (2)
An·gle | \ ˈaŋ-gəl \

Definition of Angle (Entry 4 of 4)

: a member of a Germanic people that invaded England along with the Saxons and Jutes in the fifth century a.d. and merged with them to form the Anglo-Saxon peoples

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Other words from angle

Noun (1)

angled \-gəld \ adjective

Synonyms for angle

Synonyms: Noun (1)

aspect, facet, hand, phase, side

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Examples of angle in a Sentence

Noun (1)

The lines are at sharp angles to each other. Critics love the clever camera angles the director used in the film. She took pictures of the same scene from several different angles. The soldiers were being attacked from every angle. We need to approach the problem from a new angle. They considered the question from all angles. The reporter tried to work that angle into his story.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That has pushed many retailers -- even ones not known for toys -- to angle for a piece of the defunct chain's business. chicagotribune.com, "Amazon takes a page from Toys 'R' Us with a holiday catalog," 5 July 2018 The picture-taker should shoot from an angle a little above the subject. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Suburban 7: Outdoor photo hacks from a professional photographer," 3 July 2018 Using smoke bombs and angle grinders, two heavily armed men entered the visitor’s center, where Faid was meeting his brother, and escorted him back to the helicopter. Hallie Detrick, Fortune, "That Dramatic Helicopter Prison Escape Was Inspired by the Man Who Brought You 'Miami Vice'," 3 July 2018 Astrologically speaking, a natal chart is the diagram representing the positions of the Sun, Moon, planets, astrological aspects, and sensitive angles at the time of someone’s birth. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Drake’s Scorpion, as Explained by an Astrologer and an Entomologist," 3 July 2018 Police official Rajesh Khurana told reporters that all angles were being investigated. Washington Post, "11 bodies, 10 of them hanging, found at New Delhi home," 1 July 2018 Whether it’s angles in the outfield or stealing bases or laying down a bunt. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Tigers outfield prospect Brock Deatherage a 'Kirk Gibson guy'," 13 July 2018 His game marries crisp efficiency with technical flair, but his biggest asset is his soccer brain, the ability to see angles and passes and movement that others don’t. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "After World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi may lose best player tags," 13 July 2018 And here’s another angle, which showed the Croatia players off the field. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "England tried to take advantage of a nonexistent rule and score during Croatia's celebration," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For decades, North Korea angled for a direct meeting with the U.S. in an attempt to help establish itself as a serious player on the world stage. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "North Korea Cancels Talks With South Over Military Exercises," 15 May 2018 But not too worry, the stand-alone tubs in each of these rooms is angled for optimal views of the lagoon from the privacy of your room. Lyndsey Matthews, Town & Country, "See Inside the Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland, the Blue Lagoon's First Five-Star Hotel," 11 June 2018 The all-black chassis has angled edges for style and venting. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop has Omen style, versatile specs, $799 starting price," 11 Apr. 2018 This is clearly an album angling for much bigger audiences. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Houston’s Wild Moccasins learn to love again on new album," 3 July 2018 While college football fans eagerly await kickoff of the 2018-19 season, their favorite programs are in mid-season form on the recruiting trail angling for the inside track on the best 2019 recruits across the country. William Wilkerson, star-telegram, "Big 12 + A&M recruiting: Where each team ranks nationally in 2019," 28 June 2018 With its recent acquisitions like hair color brand Pulp Riot and augmented reality beauty company Modiface, the beauty giant seems to be angling for the millennial market. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Valentino Is Partnering With L'Oréal Paris on a Fragrance and Beauty Collection," 29 May 2018 And that choosing happened long before any of them were even old enough to think about angling for their own solo gigs. refinery29.com, "The Aces Are The Next Big Thing — But They're Not Like HAIM or A "Gay Band"," 25 May 2018 He's been angling for his payday since last year, when his training camp holdout caused him to miss the regular-season opener. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Who will be NFL's first $20 million defender? Rams' Aaron Donald, Raiders' Khalil Mack best bets," 9 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The thought of Cashman and Dodgers president Andrew Friedman angling in the same waters is the kind of thing that makes a man say damn the side effects and double down on the Ambien. David Murphy, Philly.com, "Second thoughts about the Phillies and Manny Machado | David Murphy," 11 July 2018 However, the bone at the base of our big toe—called the medial cuneiform—has a connection for the big toe that is more curved and slightly more angled than what is found in humans today. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Ancient Toddler Was at Home on the Ground and in the Trees," 5 July 2018 Spanish soldier Don Jose, who falls for man-eating troublemaker Carmen, becomes army corporal Joe, angling to get into flight school and engaged to sweet hometown girl Cindy Lou. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Carmen Jones': Theater Review," 28 June 2018 Several experts tell Wired UK that while Uber is unlikely to be outright banned in London, the appeals process could be dragged out for years, with Transport for London angling to extract as many concessions as possible from the company. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Uber Heads to Court to Save Its London License — And A Whole Lot More," 24 June 2018 Brazil’s Neymar is seen as the heir apparent to Ronaldo and Messi, angling to snatch the world’s best player award from them soon (he was named the world’s third-best player in 2015 and 2017). Alex Ward, Vox, "9 questions about the 2018 World Cup you were too embarrassed to ask," 12 June 2018 Zavodny then slammed on his brakes and angled his truck to block Woods from passing, according to police reports. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Strongsville man accused of shouting racial slurs, ramming car in Cleveland road-rage incident," 6 Apr. 2018 In the photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands behind a long, narrow table, both hands pressed firmly into its surface atop some documents that are angled every which way. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "The G-7 summit, summed up in one photo," 9 June 2018 In the photo, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands behind a long, narrow table, both hands pressed firmly into its surface atop some documents that are angled every which way. Amy B Wang, chicagotribune.com, "The combative G-7 summit, summed up in one surreal photo," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of angle

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for angle

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin angulus

Verb (2)

Middle English angelen, from angel fishhook, from Old English, from anga hook; akin to Old High German ango hook, Latin uncus, Greek onkos barbed hook, ankos glen

Noun (2)

Latin Angli, plural, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English Engle Angles

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angle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of angle

: the difference between the direction of two lines or surfaces that come together : the space or shape formed when two lines or surfaces meet each other

—used to describe a surface that is not level

—used to describe something that leans or goes to the side rather than straight up or directly forward

angle

noun
an·gle | \ ˈaŋ-gəl \

Kids Definition of angle

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the figure formed by two lines meeting at a point

2 : point of view Let's consider the problem from a new angle.

3 : a sharp corner They stood in an angle of the building.

4 : the slanting direction in which something is positioned The road goes off on an angle.

angle

verb
angled; angling

Kids Definition of angle (Entry 2 of 3)

: to turn, move, or point in a direction that is not straight or flat The spotlight was angled down toward the floor.

angle

verb
angled; angling

Kids Definition of angle (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : to fish with hook and line

2 : to try to get something in a sly way He's always angling for a compliment.

angle

noun
an·gle | \ ˈaŋ-gəl \

Medical Definition of angle 

1 : a corner whether constituting a projecting part or a partially enclosed space

2a : the figure formed by two lines extending from the same point

b : a measure of an angle or of the amount of turning necessary to bring one line or plane into coincidence with or parallel to another

Other words from angle

angled \-gəld \ adjective

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