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.


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


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


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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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 Numerous videos showing multiple angles of the brutality raced onto screens around the world. James E. Causey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "James Causey: Don't let looters obscure message of protests. Change has to come.," 30 May 2020 Since the health crisis erupted, Gannett has had its eye on America’s communities – from covering every angle of the coronavirus pandemic to conceiving ways to assist local businesses. Staff, USA TODAY, "USA TODAY NETWORK Launches Ambitious “Rebuilding America” Initiative," 29 May 2020 Video shows new angle of George Floyd’s arrest with multiple officers May 29, 202000:38 Chauvin was arrested Friday and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. NBC News, "Nation's police widely condemn move used to restrain George Floyd," 29 May 2020 Since early March, The Courier Journal has covered every angle of the coronavirus story. Richard A. Green, The Courier-Journal, "We covered how everything we knew was closing. Now it's time to open back up," 28 May 2020 Naird’s situation is of a man with ramrod-straight posture prostrated and disarrayed at many odd angles. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "In Netflix’s “Space Force,” Steve Carell Is Stranded Between the Caustic and the Cutesy," 28 May 2020 The spectacle was made possible when city planners set Manhattan’s grid at 90-degree angles in the 1800s, explains Jackie Faherty, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History, who now calculates the event’s dates. National Geographic, "NYC’s best sunset and 9 other ways to celebrate summer," 27 May 2020 This information and other data were used to build a model that simulated how the Chicxulub crater was formed, determining the direction the asteroid came from and the angle. Katie Hunt, CNN, "The asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs hit at 'deadliest possible' angle," 26 May 2020 In high school, Lamb occasionally requested poorly placed passes to simulate different angles that could arise in a game setting. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb is known for making ‘unreal’ catches in big moments, but it’s his ‘dog’ mentality that sets him apart," 23 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb With regard to angling, residents and non-residents are not required to have a fishing license or trout/salmon stamps. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Winter of 2019-20 was moderate across most of northern Wisconsin," 30 May 2020 Two weeks ago, Susan Vaslev, co-manager of Enchanted Forest, told The Oregonian/OregonLive that the park was angling to reopen to individual groups of up to 10 people from the same household. oregonlive, "Enchanted Forest’s plan for private tours rejected by Oregon governor’s office," 26 May 2020 Michigan’s other 2020 non-conference opponents, Washington and Ball State, also aren’t angling to have their matchups with the Wolverines put on ice. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "One obscure contract clause could have major impact on Michigan's football season," 23 May 2020 Yet in recent months, many more people know what the minimal viable makeup for a video chat looks like, have angled the cam away from the laundry, learned to perform their job in the frame while life goes on outside it. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "Coronavirus Is Making Us All Camgirls," 13 May 2020 While most freshwater sport fishermen might simply opt for a pair of sandals or topsiders, offshore and nearshore angling can get a lot sloppier than the average Tuesday night bass tournament. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Features You Need in Your Next Pair of Waterproof Boots," 12 May 2020 McDowell Mountain Regional Park The Scenic Trail is an easy 4.3-mile loop that branches off the Pemberton Trail and angles up through the rolling Lousley Hills. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Dog-friendly hiking trails around Phoenix: 5 places to burn off some energy," 14 Apr. 2020 Fish stocking diverts angling pressure away from wild fish, and the fish-stocking program is complicated. Anchorage Daily News, "In these times, the outdoors in your backyard is truly great," 11 Apr. 2020 Here's her advice for the best technique: Look straight ahead, or slightly downward (Not upward!) Place the tip of the nasal spray bottle at the opening of one nostril, angled slightly outward. Lisa Bain, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Allergy Medicines to Ease Sniffles, Sneezes, and Itchy Eyes," 31 Mar. 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,, "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,, "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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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


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.


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.


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.


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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