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 angle (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

Other Words from angle

Noun (1)

angled \ ˈaŋ-​gəld How to pronounce Angle (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 In the days ahead, every angle of Sunday’s incident — and the moments that preceded it — is likely to be scrutinized to determine what went wrong. Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2021 Speaking of light, the angle of the sun is now similar to the start of February. BostonGlobe.com, 6 Nov. 2021 Similarly, the multiverse angle isn’t a big No Way Home spoiler. Chris Smith, BGR, 27 Oct. 2021 Randy popped up in a number of the other Scream movies, either in video or in person, but is the Randy angle genuinely dead? Simon Thompson, Forbes, 22 Oct. 2021 The one betting angle that makes a ton of sense in this game is the Rams in the first half. Adam Burke Vsin, Los Angeles Times, 22 Oct. 2021 Making the collection look and feel stylish was of course important to Malik, but a sustainability angle was equally important. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 6 Oct. 2021 The angle at the bottom is approximately 15 degrees off square. Shara Mccuiston, Popular Mechanics, 15 Sep. 2021 But otherwise, the movie has very little going for it: The redemption angle isn’t especially original or well-written, and Eastwood never puts much tension into the chase. Kyle Smith, National Review, 15 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Pull the seat up and push the armrests up, down, and side to side, or angle them in or out. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, 10 Nov. 2021 The aft-facing companionway doors angle upwards and double as skylights. Bill Springer, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 In a town where people and groups constantly angle for publicity, CNP bars the press and uninvited outsiders from its events. Robert O'harrow Jr., Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2021 People familiar with Fanatics Trading Cards say the new venture will angle to become the one-stop shop for all things in the trading card industry—including primary sales, secondary-marketplace deals, grading of cards and even storage. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 29 Sep. 2021 So much to look forward to, the body waiting to angle its desires. William Logan, The New York Review of Books, 16 Jan. 2020 Buyers often queued up for hours or went through lotteries to angle for apartments. Yoko Kubota, WSJ, 4 Oct. 2021 The color of the roof mimics chocolate and below it, bricks angle into a tight herringbone pattern. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 25 Sep. 2021 The Taliban’s lightning advance comes at a moment when many in Europe and Asia had hoped that President Biden would reestablish America’s firm presence in international affairs, especially as China and Russia angle to extend their influence. New York Times, 13 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The stand can be adjusted to the user’s preferred height and angle to give the optimal viewing experience. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2021 Pull the seat up and push the armrests up, down, and side to side, or angle them in or out. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, 10 Nov. 2021 The aft-facing companionway doors angle upwards and double as skylights. Bill Springer, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 Later, the shim will be inserted between the couch back and seat to angle the seat back slightly. Andrew Freye, Popular Mechanics, 29 Oct. 2021 People familiar with Fanatics Trading Cards say the new venture will angle to become the one-stop shop for all things in the trading card industry—including primary sales, secondary-marketplace deals, grading of cards and even storage. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 29 Sep. 2021 Buyers often queued up for hours or went through lotteries to angle for apartments. Yoko Kubota, WSJ, 4 Oct. 2021 DeWine’s campaign manager, Brent Temple, said the picnic was not an attempt by the governor to angle for a state party endorsement, noting that such events were commonplace before the pandemic. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, 6 Aug. 2021 So much to look forward to, the body waiting to angle its desires. William Logan, The New York Review of Books, 16 Jan. 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

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 angle (audio) \ adjective

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