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

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)

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

There’s also a switch to turn off the wide-angle web cam, and a fingerprint reader to log in. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Touchscreen Laptops of 2019," 30 Apr. 2019 Non-profit, university and non-government groups across the globe are tackling this idea from various angles. Mallory Locklear, Discover Magazine, "With Big Data and Predictive Analytics, Scientists Are Getting Smarter About Outbreaks," 8 Nov. 2018 Holowaty has benefited, even grown, from perspective gained at different angles — from retirement and reflection, from a battle with myelodysplastic syndrome, a condition in which bone marrow’s production of blood cells slows. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: Bill Holowaty A Gentle Friend And Guiding Force For Greater Hartford Twilight Baseball League," 8 June 2018 The states that bother with this have also gone to the trouble of developing exams that are tough, involving more than just knowledge of rafter-framing angles. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Become a Skilled Tradesperson," 13 Mar. 2019 The baseball exited Bregman’s bat at only 95 mph but possessed a 29-degree launch angle and traveled 385 feet. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros rough up White Sox again to reach 60 wins," 8 July 2018 Few people are interested in more strikeouts than base hits and launch angles and exit velocities. Nick Canepa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Can soccer ever be in the Big Three?," 2 July 2018 This three-legged garment rack is heavy on both form and function thanks to a sturdy design and a combination of sharp angles and smooth curves. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "These Scandinavian Design Trends Are About to Take Off," 7 June 2018 However, its wide-angle lens is more suited to landscapes than portraits or action shots. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Best Compact Digital Cameras for Capturing Your Adventures," 17 Apr. 2019

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 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 Start by angling your brush at the top of your ear and moving it toward the corner of your mouth. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "How To Contour and Highlight Your Face Like A Total Pro," 18 Apr. 2018 So any media organizations angling for a Cabinet member at their table might just have a shot (wrangling A-list guests is practically a sport among the media organizations that attend the dinner). The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Trump to skip White House correspondents' dinner again," 6 Apr. 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 For those in town not angling for space in bars, dressing for the big game became a priority. Alfred Lubrano, Philly.com, "As Philadelphia braces for Super Bowl, Eagles fans revel, worry, pray," 4 Feb. 2018 But the fun part is angling sideways, getting that blue-face thrill. Jamie Brisick, WSJ, "The Rush of Bodysurfing in Rio: A Traveler’s Guide," 3 Jan. 2019 But Vector is angled more as a home buddy than a toy. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Anki’s latest robot Vector is available today," 15 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Your legs should be straight and angled slightly out into a V-shape. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "This 4-Move Workout Works Your Whole Body—and All You Need Is a Step," 19 Apr. 2019 Make sure the downspouts release the water on a slope that is angled away from your home. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Repair Your Gutters and Save Your Home," 16 Jan. 2019 The two top parties began angling for the upper hand in forming a new government in Thailand on Monday after partial results showed no group won a majority of seats in the country’s first national election since a 2014 military coup. Tassanee Vejpongsa, The Seattle Times, "Thai parties jostle for power after 1st election since coup," 25 Mar. 2019 Rumors that Sessions’ neck is on the chopping block are constant, and Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has been angling to replace him. Molly Ball, Time, "Jeff Sessions Is Winning for Donald Trump. If Only He Can Keep His Job," 29 Mar. 2018 Squat Jump Heel Taps Stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, toes angled slightly out. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "A Total-Body HIIT Workout You Can Do in Under 15 Minutes From Celebrity Trainer Jeanette Jenkins," 14 Mar. 2019 But the fun part is angling sideways, getting that blue-face thrill. Jamie Brisick, WSJ, "The Rush of Bodysurfing in Rio: A Traveler’s Guide," 3 Jan. 2019 Now British co-living platform Vivahouse is angling for a piece of the action with its prefabricated units that can be built inside languishing offices, shopping centers, and other commercial spaces. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "‘Co-living’ in an abandoned mall? This startup is making it happen," 20 Nov. 2018 Gambling talk was mostly verboten by traditional media and frowned upon by the leagues, but companies are suddenly angling for space. Rick Maese, chicagotribune.com, "A safe bet: Legal gambling could change the way we watch, talk and experience sports," 5 July 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 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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