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

With mosaic tiles, lacquered wood, exposed brick and clean angles, Acú’s as open and airy as a marketplace. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: New Dominion restaurant Acú Bistro Bar aims high but misses a few," 7 June 2018 At very high altitudes still within Earth’s atmosphere, the weapons angle downward, gliding at speeds in excess of Mach 5 towards their targets. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China: Our Hypersonic Missiles Can Sink U.S. Aircraft Carriers," 23 Jan. 2019 Stocks with long focal lengths have an area of high magnification, a smaller angle of view, and fewer things in focus. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Stock Picking Is Like Time Travel," 13 Jan. 2019 Kylie's blue head of hair was seen from another photo taken at a wider angle (back left in the shot below). Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall and Kylie Went to Drake's New Year's Eve Party Amidst His Feud with Kanye," 2 Jan. 2019 The Draper’s frame slants at a slightly sharper angle, which gives it a striking shape. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Ultra-stylish tiny house comes with fold-down deck," 9 Nov. 2018 Once the itinerary is agreed upon, members of the royal party's team travel out to the destination to figure out exactly how everything will work—from travel time to dress codes, camera angles, and the best place for the royal cavalcade to pull up. Marcia Moody, Town & Country, "Here's What It Really Takes to Plan a Royal Tour," 15 Oct. 2018 Google's notch houses two front-facing cameras—one wide-angle, one normal—and an earpiece/speaker. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Pixel 3 XL review—Google software deserves better than this hardware," 15 Oct. 2018 From there, the trail angles towards Wasson, hugging first one side of the high shoulder and then the other. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "10 best hikes in Arizona show off state's diverse scenery," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Bend both knees again to create two 90-degrees angles with your legs. SELF, "Strengthen Your Entire Body With This 8-Part Slam Ball Circuit from Pink’s Trainer," 12 Sep. 2018 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 Your toes and knees should be angled slightly out, and your knees should track over your toes. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "A Quick Equipment-Free Butt Workout From Celebrity Trainer Erin Oprea," 27 June 2018 But an inflatable slide that led from the Caribbean Fantasy’s deck to rafts in the water was angled too steeply, and five passengers suffered ankle injuries from the fast descent, investigators said. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "NTSB: Puerto Rico ship fire revealed maintenance problems, poor crew training," 5 June 2018 The instrument panel layout is slightly angled toward the driver making the infotainment, HVAC controls easy to use. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "VW’s revamped 2019 Jetta R-Line delivers bang for the buck," 5 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

It's angled perfectly to contour your nose and jawline. $6 (Shop Now). Stephanie Saltzman, Allure, "18 Reasons Every Beauty Lover Should Shop at Target," 1 Oct. 2018 But this is Miss America 2.0, and if a young woman who wants to truly represent her home state can’t speak to its real issues during competition, what was the point of re-angling Miss America in the first place? Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Without the Swimsuit Competition, Miss America Feels Different This Time Around," 10 Sep. 2018 The Aggies began angling to chase down the Hoosiers right away, responding with a two-run double by Chris Andritsos in the first. Mark Rosner, Indianapolis Star, "IU baseball survives Texas A&M, faces elimination again vs. top-seed Texas," 3 June 2018 Is there a way to angle the slats up or down to prevent pedestrians from seeing completely inside your house, and give you a glimpse of either the sky or the ground? Jennifer Adams, Philly.com, "Ask Jennifer Adams: How to balance outside views and privacy with window treatments," 1 June 2018 One of the more salient aspects of The Glitch Mob’s live setup is their decision to angle their MIDI controllers down towards the crowd. Michael Sundius, Billboard, "Inside The Glitch Mob's Innovative Blade 2.0 Stage: Exclusive Interview," 31 May 2018 The giant Belgian is thought to be angling for a move to the Bernabeu and is yet to agree a new deal at Stamford Bridge. SI.com, "Man Utd Set to Meet Star Man's £350,000-a-Week Contract Demands to Fend Off Real Madrid Interest," 4 Mar. 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 That can change course in an instant, but plans seem angled toward sensible hockey moves for today’s game that values skating. Curtis Zupke, latimes.com, "Kings and Ducks will explore free-agent market to build around their star players," 1 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 \

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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