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

Reposted by The Shade Room, Rihanna spends the quick video showing off her new braids from all angles. Leah Prinzivalli, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna’s Cornrows Have People Ready to Embrace Their Big Foreheads," 14 Mar. 2019 From the breakfast nook—a cozy-yet-modern spot designed for celebrating the author's favorite meal of the day—to the outdoor area, every space was examined from all angles...including the lens of a cell phone camera. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Garance Doré’s House is About to Be the Hottest Thing on Instagram," 13 Mar. 2019 Reposted by The Shade Room, Rihanna spends the quick video showing off her new braids from all angles. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Rihanna's Cornrows Are Giving Fans (and Me) Life," 13 Mar. 2019 The examination into what prompted the fight was aided by slow-motion cameras from multiple angles, including a shot of Rondo allegedly spitting at Paul that was picked apart like the Zapruder film. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "LeBron James’s First Game in Los Angeles Turns Into Fight Night," 21 Oct. 2018 The incredible phenomenon can be seen forming and swirling from multiple angles. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "'Firenado' caught on film during 10-engine blaze," 9 Aug. 2018 The videos released Wednesday, which are from eight different angles from police officers' body camera, provide audio that wasn't available with the footage released Tuesday. Uriel J. Garcia, azcentral, "Mesa police release body camera footage of officers throwing punches at unarmed man," 6 June 2018 News cameras were rolling when the bomb exploded — broadcasting Wells’ death live, from multiple angles. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "The Bizarre Real-Life Story of the Pizza Guy Who Robbed a Bank with a Bomb Around His Neck," 21 May 2018 Cobb studied his pearl, sketched it from different angles, and finally saw the turbaned face, like a figure in a cloud. Michael Lapointe, The Atlantic, "The Twisted Tale of the World’s Largest Pearl," 11 May 2018

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Then, do two easy braids, Pippi Longstocking-style, angling backward to create tension along the hairline. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "How to Wear a Headband (and Still Look Like an Adult)," 4 June 2019 Come breeding season, a female toad will solicit the services of a male, who mounts her from behind, gripping her torso with his front legs while angling his rear toes to stimulate her genitals. Natalie Angier, The New York Review of Books, "Serengeti on the Seine," 9 May 2019 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 Spears’s most recent runway video opened with Spears before a garment rack — her eyes rimmed in makeup as black as midnight reflected in an infinity pool — angling a phone camera onto herself from above. New York Times, "When Britney Spears Posts on Instagram, a Thousand Conspiracies Flower," 12 June 2019 Captain Lee Pitts and angling partner Steve Ingle took home the $10,000 first prize in last weekend’s Alabama Bass Trail competition at Neely Henry Lake, edging the second-place team of Phillip and Bailey Dukes by two-tenths of a pound. Frank Sargeant, al.com, "Hey anglers, don’t forget flippin’ as spring turns into summer," 12 June 2019 But most of it was just alignment and knowing what angles to take, because football’s all about angles. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders DE Arden Key aims to finish ‘almost-sacks’ in 2019," 12 June 2019 Released Tuesday, the $4.4 spending plan is a 2.4 percent increase from last year’s budget, with county departments angling to get about $33.1 million for new or improved programs. sacbee, "Funds to fix ‘inhumane’ jail conditions added in Sacramento County’s $4.4 billion budget plan," 4 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There Hemingway drank the local beer, breathed the local culture, angled off the local shores and wrote the most famous local book. David Shribman, latimes.com, "‘Ernesto’ traces Hemingway’s Cuba years, exploring where Papa lived, fished and drank," 13 June 2019 Spears’s most recent runway video opened with Spears before a garment rack — her eyes rimmed in makeup as black as midnight reflected in an infinity pool — angling a phone camera onto herself from above. New York Times, "When Britney Spears Posts on Instagram, a Thousand Conspiracies Flower," 12 June 2019 Captain Lee Pitts and angling partner Steve Ingle took home the $10,000 first prize in last weekend’s Alabama Bass Trail competition at Neely Henry Lake, edging the second-place team of Phillip and Bailey Dukes by two-tenths of a pound. Frank Sargeant, al.com, "Hey anglers, don’t forget flippin’ as spring turns into summer," 12 June 2019 But most of it was just alignment and knowing what angles to take, because football’s all about angles. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders DE Arden Key aims to finish ‘almost-sacks’ in 2019," 12 June 2019 Released Tuesday, the $4.4 spending plan is a 2.4 percent increase from last year’s budget, with county departments angling to get about $33.1 million for new or improved programs. sacbee, "Funds to fix ‘inhumane’ jail conditions added in Sacramento County’s $4.4 billion budget plan," 4 June 2019 Then, do two easy braids, Pippi Longstocking-style, angling backward to create tension along the hairline. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "How to Wear a Headband (and Still Look Like an Adult)," 4 June 2019 Come breeding season, a female toad will solicit the services of a male, who mounts her from behind, gripping her torso with his front legs while angling his rear toes to stimulate her genitals. Natalie Angier, The New York Review of Books, "Serengeti on the Seine," 9 May 2019 Heller also needs Republican voters' support to fend off primary challenger Danny Tarkanian, and could be angling for votes by proposing a solidly conservative justice from a neighboring state to take Kennedy's seat. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Could this be Anthony Kennedy’s last stand on the Supreme Court?," 9 Mar. 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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