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\ ˈaŋ-​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\ ˈaŋ-​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 \ ˈaŋ-​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

Behold the look from every angle: The look is a clever combination of local culture and symbolism. Leah Prinzivalli, Glamour, "Meghan Markle's Fiji Hairstyle Had a Super Sweet Nod to Prince Harry," 24 Oct. 2018 Alessandrini took the ball left and scored from an angle. Danny O'boyle, latimes.com, "Galaxy take control in 4-0 shutout win over Columbus Crew," 7 July 2018 Two days before Lion Air Flight 610’s early morning takeoff from Jakarta on Oct. 29, according to these people, mechanics installed but failed to properly calibrate a replacement airspeed sensor called an angle-of-attack indicator. Ben Otto, WSJ, "Maintenance Lapse Identified as Initial Problem Leading to Lion Air Crash," 25 Dec. 2018 Kylie was also sure to share multiple angles of her shimmery outfit, posting additional videos in her Instagram story. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Channels Britney Spears in a Sparkly Beaded Naked Dress," 15 Dec. 2018 What’s worse, the troubles on that flight came one day after one of the jet’s angle-of-attack sensors was replaced—again—after the crew reported similar glitches. Barbara S. Peterson, Popular Mechanics, "If the Lion Air Jet Was "Unairworthy," Then Why Was It Allowed To Fly?," 29 Nov. 2018 Since then, the pair have collaborated to infuse a different angle of Robinson’s culinary vision in each of her restaurants. Vogue, "How St. Louis Restaurateur Zoë Robinson Has Stayed Front and Center in the Midwest Culinary Scene," 1 Nov. 2018 The Striation carpets, for example, vaguely mimic the layered angles of the MAXXI building in Rome. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Zaha Hadid’s famous designs reimagined as 22 brightly colored rugs," 2 Oct. 2018 There have been 43,202 balls hit this year with a launch angle of less than 20 degrees. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "The Star That Still Won't Shine: The Incredible, Unprecedented but Unseen Greatness of Mike Trout," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That was somewhat surprising; other candidates angling for the tournament included a joint Belgium-Netherlands bid, a solo England bid, and a joint Portugal-Spain bid. Alex Ward, Vox, "9 questions about the 2018 World Cup you were too embarrassed to ask," 12 June 2018 Trumbull successfully angled for Robertson to join as well, as the head of the company that funds the headset research. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "The True Story of the Lost Sci-Fi Movie "Brainstorm," Natalie Wood’s Last Film," 21 Dec. 2018 On the passenger side, the side of the center console is angled in a way that cuts into your leg room. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Review: Ford crosses over into the mini-SUV segment with tiny EcoSport," 19 Sep. 2018 The Aggies were angling to change that, but could only salvage a 7-3 victory on Sunday following 9-0 and 6-1 losses on Friday and Saturday. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, "Rising up with work," 8 May 2018 Too late to change your driving plans, or just undeterred by the millions of people also angling to be on the road? Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Is the Worst Day to Travel Before Christmas," 13 Dec. 2018 Unfortunately, Jeep didn't bother to angle the screen toward the driver at all. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Good drive, good value: The Jeep Compass Latitude reviewed," 29 Nov. 2018 While being escorted in an obligatory wheelchair, Jackie sits up straight with her feet—in heels, no less—angled gracefully to one side. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "John F. Kennedy Was Elected 58 Years Ago Today—When Jackie Was Eight Months Pregnant," 8 Nov. 2018 Raise both arms above your head and angle them slightly to the right. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Here's How to Do Octavia Spencer's Low-Impact Cardio Workout," 4 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Kerry, 75, clearly has experience in diplomacy that could be relevant in an uncertain world where China and Russia are angling to overtake America economically, militarily, or both. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Who’s In and Who’s Out of the 2020 Presidential Race—So Far," 3 Jan. 2019 Too late to change your driving plans, or just undeterred by the millions of people also angling to be on the road? Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Is the Worst Day to Travel Before Christmas," 13 Dec. 2018 The new angled hinges that connect the lid to the chassis do, too, as do the honeycomb speaker grilles on either side of the keyboard. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "HP Elitebook x360 1030 review: Small tweaks made to a stylish work 2-in-1," 16 Nov. 2018 While being escorted in an obligatory wheelchair, Jackie sits up straight with her feet—in heels, no less—angled gracefully to one side. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "John F. Kennedy Was Elected 58 Years Ago Today—When Jackie Was Eight Months Pregnant," 8 Nov. 2018 And layers that angle inward on the sides will build height and body at the crown. Jessica Chia, Allure, "The Best Hair Loss Treatments for Every Budget," 15 Oct. 2018 This angled stand, like the others on this list, features fast charging speeds and built-in temperature control for worry-free charging. Alexandria Haslam, PCWorld, "RAVPower wireless chargers are dirt-cheap in Amazon Prime's sale—and these codes save more," 12 July 2018 The takes and angling on the findings are certain to build toward Horowitz’s scheduled testimony next week about his report. Steven T. Dennis, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Allies Tie FBI Bias to Mueller While Democrats Defend Him," 14 June 2018 Officials also are angling for a future Super Bowl. Jeff Duncan, NOLA.com, "Superdome renovation project is smart, realistic and necessary," 3 Apr. 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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