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 Your 6-foot-5 reviewer sat with his knees at a 90-degree angle to the pedals instead of a more bent 45 degrees in the Model 3. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Tesla Model Y charges luxury SUV market with roomy SUV version of its Model 3 (review)," 16 May 2020 Balance trolling speed with a bottom-bouncer weight to keep your line at a 45-degree angle. Mark Hicks, Field & Stream, "10 Reasons You’re Not Catching Walleyes," 15 May 2020 This advanced dash cam records at 1080P and 60fps at a 360-degree angle and can produce clear images of up to five lanes of traffic. Popular Science, "Reliable dash cams to witness a collision," 14 May 2020 Earnings angle: Saudi Aramco, the state oil company, said Tuesday that its net profit for the quarter ending in March fell 25% to $16.7 billion. Charles Riley And Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Two companies hit hard by the coronavirus see a revival ahead," 12 May 2020 Shoulders should be relaxed and knees should also be bent at a 90-degree angle. Christine Burroni, Travel + Leisure, "We Asked a Chiropractor for Tips on Maintaining Good Posture While Working From Home," 3 May 2020 Wide leg plié Step into a wide leg plié by positioning your feet past your hips and your toes pointed outward at a 45 degree angle. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "Tone It Up’s Karena Dawn Shows How to Get a Toned Booty Without Any Equipment," 23 Apr. 2020 Hold the striker at a 45-degree angle to the call’s surface. Michael Hanback, Outdoor Life, "25 Top Spring Turkey Hunting Tips," 20 Apr. 2020 Moving it off to one side or the other at no more than a 45-degree angle will provide depth. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, "How to look better in your next video conference," 16 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While Brown was angling for Shirley's new old man, Jeong was waiting to see where Chang fit in the study group. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "Ken Jeong and Yvette Nicole Brown talk Community season 2: 'Is every episode going to be like this?'," 9 May 2020 The jobs that centrão leaders are angling for would give their parties discretion over billions of dollars. New York Times, "Bolsonaro Fights for Survival, Turning to Empowered Military Elders," 1 May 2020 Cox, a 6-4 forward from Flower Mound, led the Lady Bears to the program’s third national title a year ago, and was angling for a repeat when the NCAA Tournament was eliminated in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Brent Zwerneman, ExpressNews.com, "Baylor’s Lauren Cox, A&M’s Chennedy Carter picked at Nos. 3-4 in WNBA draft," 17 Apr. 2020 Another plus is the foldable probe, which angles for easy insertion at odd angles. Outdoor Life, "Four grilling tools for a better barbecue," 16 Apr. 2020 Stars who support him are angling for parliamentary seats; others act as praise singers for Mr Museveni, whose strongman rule has so far lasted 34 years. The Economist, "Uganda’s pop stars are enlivening political campaigns—and launching them," 19 Mar. 2020 Inclusivity efforts need triangulation between insider and outsider tactics, angling for unity between the fix-the-system camp and the start-fresh camp. Natan Last, The Atlantic, "The Hidden Bigotry of Crosswords," 18 Mar. 2020 Sanders and Biden, who are angling for the Democratic presidential nomination, are set to square off in Ohio’s March 17 primary. cleveland, "Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden roll out more endorsements Thursday," 12 Mar. 2020 This season, Mercer will return to Detroit, angling for a backup shortstop or bench position. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers bring back shortstop Jordy Mercer on minor-league deal," 30 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While Brown was angling for Shirley's new old man, Jeong was waiting to see where Chang fit in the study group. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "Ken Jeong and Yvette Nicole Brown talk Community season 2: 'Is every episode going to be like this?'," 9 May 2020 But instead of angling his way between rows of seats at Carnegie and Ontario, Flake is truly a delivery guy now. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Les ‘The Beer Guy’ Flake delivering Jolly Scholar beer," 30 Mar. 2020 Seemingly angling for more discovery, Marc Jacobs is playing defense by going on offense with a new counterclaim. Eriq Gardner, Billboard, "Marc Jacobs Countersues Nirvana Over Smiley Face," 27 Nov. 2019 Contrary to the suspicions of his detractors, Castro didn’t enter the 2020 presidential scrum as a way of angling for a VP offer. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Wednesday debate could offer preview of Warren-Castro ticket," 22 June 2019 Suppose a chunk is sort of angling toward the camera. Rhett Allain, Wired, "How Much Energy Does It Take to Blow Up a Planet?," 4 May 2020 Working for Ernie is Jack Castello (David Corenswet), a hunk not long out of the service who has been angling to break into movies. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Hollywood’ rewrites Tinseltown’s racist, sexist, homophobic past. It’s not convincing," 30 Apr. 2020 The child sleeps in one of these costumes every night and often, in photos, can be seen posing with hips at a diagonal and one foot angled away from the other as if intuitively to flatter her figure. Fiona Maazel, Harper's Magazine, "I Incriminate Myself So No One Else Can," 27 Apr. 2020 In January 2019, Moft released its first folding laptop stand—a relatively unambitious design that just angled the laptop for potentially more ergonomic typing. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Moft Z is a standing desk that fits in your laptop bag," 26 Apr. 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 28 May. 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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