angle

noun (1)
an·​gle | \ ˈaŋ-gəl How to pronounce angle (audio) \

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\ ˈaŋ-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce angling (audio) \

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

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 How to pronounce Angle (audio) \

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 \ ˈaŋ-​gəld How to pronounce angled (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for angle

Synonyms: Noun (1)

Synonyms: Verb (1)

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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 Stand with the feet as wide as the hips and bring elbows out to the side and lift up the dumbbells to form a goal post position, with each arm bent at a 90-degree angle. Stephanie Mansour, CNN, "Tone and define your arms with this 5-minute workout," 14 Oct. 2020 The street or highway must be crossed at approximately a 90-degree angle. Frank Fellone, Arkansas Online, "DRIVETIME MAHATMA: ATVs not legal, wise on highway," 12 Sep. 2020 The other mode — holding one screen flat and the other vertically with the Duo at a 90-degree angle — resembled a laptop and was terrific for responding to emails and writing content. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The Surface Duo gets the hardware right, but the software is still a work in progress," 10 Sep. 2020 Lay logs at about a 45-degree angle over the rectangle, resting them on top of the rock wall. Jim Baird, Field & Stream, "How to Build Warm Survival Shelters," 7 Sep. 2020 Step 7: Use a chainsaw file, as seen below, to make string grooves at a 45-degree angle on the outside of both tips, about 1/2 inch from each end. Andrew Del-colle, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make Your Own Bow and Arrow By Hand," 16 Aug. 2020 Christenson can be seen on video with his arm stretched out at a 45-degree angle as players left the field and exchanged elbow bumps to celebrate the win. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Oakland A's coach says he didn't intend to give apparent Nazi salute after win over Texas Rangers," 7 Aug. 2020 Using sharp pruning shears, remove several sections about 6 to 8 inches in length, cutting at a 45-degree angle. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "How to Grow New Roses With Cuttings From Your Garden," 14 July 2020 Knives originating from Asian countries require a different sharpening angle than similar knives made in Europe or the United States. Michael Pollick, chicagotribune.com, "The best knife sharpener of 2020," 6 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Take note of where the sun will first appear at sunrise, and angle your tent to take advantage of the early rays while shielding the door from the wind. Deb Acord, Popular Mechanics, "Winter Campting: How to Camp in the Cold Like a Pro," 5 Oct. 2020 Lasers are then used to angle the edges of the blades for precision sharpness, and the process seems to have succeeded. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "The best kitchen knife sets of 2020," 17 Sep. 2020 Sources say agents will angle for one-year deals, hoping clients get paid while also having freedom to return to free agency in 2021 when there could be more clarity with revenue. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers' top free-agency target should be Tristan Thompson: Chris Fedor," 10 Sep. 2020 Models with pin adjustments that angle the disk blades and electric motors to raise and lower the disk gangs within the implement’s frame are the easiest to use. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Tools You Need to Plant Food Plots," 24 Aug. 2020 In June, when the animals swim up to half a mile across the Khatanga and its tributaries, poachers in boats either shoot them en masse with buckshot or use a handsaw or angle grinder to slice off individual animals’ antlers. Alec Luhn, National Geographic, "World’s largest reindeer herd targeted by poachers for antler velvet," 12 Aug. 2020 She’s not a person who is trying to angle how to go faster and go higher and go larger. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "'Yellowstone' Actor Kevin Costner Makes It Clear Nothing Is More Important Than His Wife and Kids," 15 June 2020 With regard to angling, residents and non-residents are not required to have a fishing license or trout/salmon stamps. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Winter of 2019-20 was moderate across most of northern Wisconsin," 30 May 2020 Two weeks ago, Susan Vaslev, co-manager of Enchanted Forest, told The Oregonian/OregonLive that the park was angling to reopen to individual groups of up to 10 people from the same household. oregonlive, "Enchanted Forest’s plan for private tours rejected by Oregon governor’s office," 26 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Take note of where the sun will first appear at sunrise, and angle your tent to take advantage of the early rays while shielding the door from the wind. Deb Acord, Popular Mechanics, "Winter Campting: How to Camp in the Cold Like a Pro," 5 Oct. 2020 Lasers are then used to angle the edges of the blades for precision sharpness, and the process seems to have succeeded. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "The best kitchen knife sets of 2020," 17 Sep. 2020 Sources say agents will angle for one-year deals, hoping clients get paid while also having freedom to return to free agency in 2021 when there could be more clarity with revenue. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers' top free-agency target should be Tristan Thompson: Chris Fedor," 10 Sep. 2020 Models with pin adjustments that angle the disk blades and electric motors to raise and lower the disk gangs within the implement’s frame are the easiest to use. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Tools You Need to Plant Food Plots," 24 Aug. 2020 In June, when the animals swim up to half a mile across the Khatanga and its tributaries, poachers in boats either shoot them en masse with buckshot or use a handsaw or angle grinder to slice off individual animals’ antlers. Alec Luhn, National Geographic, "World’s largest reindeer herd targeted by poachers for antler velvet," 12 Aug. 2020 She’s not a person who is trying to angle how to go faster and go higher and go larger. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "'Yellowstone' Actor Kevin Costner Makes It Clear Nothing Is More Important Than His Wife and Kids," 15 June 2020 Yet in recent months, many more people know what the minimal viable makeup for a video chat looks like, have angled the cam away from the laundry, learned to perform their job in the frame while life goes on outside it. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "Coronavirus Is Making Us All Camgirls," 13 May 2020 After just missing Donald Trump at the World Economic Forum in Davos last month, Guaido’s been angling for a meeting with the president in South Florida. Ben Bartenstein, Bloomberg.com, "Venezuela’s Guaido Rallies Supporters, Meets Rubio in Miami," 7 May 2020

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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, "corner, recess, two lines extending from the same point," borrowed from Anglo-French angle, aungle, going back to Latin angulus "two lines extending from the same point, corner, nook," going back to Indo-European *h2eng-lo-, *h2eng-elo-, whence also Old Church Slavic ǫgŭlŭ "corner, angle," Russian úgol, genitive uglá, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian ȕgao, ȕgla, Armenian ankiwn, and perhaps Germanic *ankula-, *ankila- ankle

Verb (1)

Middle English anglen "to meet at an angle," derivative of angle angle entry 1

Verb (2)

Middle English anglen, derivative of angel "fishhook," going back to Old English angel, ongel, going back to Germanic *angula- "hook, barb" (whence also Old Saxon angul "fishhook," Old High German, "hook, barb," Old Norse ǫngull "fishhook"), going back to Indo-European *h2enk-ul-ó-, derivative, perhaps diminutive, of a base *h2enk- seen also in the n-stem noun *h2enk-ón- (whence Old English anga "prick, goad," Old High German ango "sting, barb, door hinge," Greek ankṓn "bend, elbow"), suffixed in Greek ankýlos "bent, crooked, curved," and as an o-grade derivative in Greek ónkos "barb of an arrow," Latin uncus "curved at the extremities, hooked, a hook," and probably Sanskrit aṅkáḥ "curve, hook"; *h2enk- perhaps attested as a primary verb in Sanskrit áñcati, ácati "(it) bends, curves"

Note: Indo-European *h2enk- appears to be synonymous with the base *h2eng- —see angle entry 1, ankle.

Noun (2)

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

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“Angle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/angle. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for angle

angle

noun
How to pronounce Angle (audio)

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 How to pronounce angle (audio) \

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 How to pronounce angle (audio) \

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 How to pronounce angled (audio) \ adjective

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