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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To reach Brighton Crossings, take the Bromley Lane exit from I-76 and head west a block to the frontage road; angle north a block to S. 50th Avenue; then head north 1.5 mile to Cherry Blossom and turn right. Mark Samuelson, The Denver Post, "With roomy options for main-floor living, Brookfield opens its Ovation models in Firestone and Brighton from low $400s," 23 Aug. 2019 The phones will include a new multi-angle Face ID sensor that captures a wider field of view so that users can unlock the handsets more easily – even when the devices are flat on a table. Mark Gurman, Fortune, "Apple Is Launching New iPhones, iPads and Macs. Here’s What to Expect," 22 Aug. 2019 The phones will include a new multi-angle Face ID sensor that captures a wider field of view so that users can unlock the handsets more easily — even when the devices are flat on a table. Los Angeles Times, "Apple’s next line of iPhones is all about the camera," 22 Aug. 2019 This is wholly dependent on video angles shown by broadcast networks. Joe Reedy, baltimoresun.com, "XFL reveals logos and names for eight teams competing in February," 21 Aug. 2019 The two charted field goals and recorded extra data like apex, ball speed, distance traveled and launch angle using TrackMan, a radar system widely used by pro golfers to analyze their swings. Kalyn Kahler, SI.com, "Madness at 43 Yards: The Bears Kicker Competition Through the Eyes of Those Who Lived It," 21 Aug. 2019 Most of American’s jets feature seats in a popular reverse-herringbone 1-2-1 layout where those on the sides of the jet are angled outward, and those in the center angle toward one another. Eric Rosen, Condé Nast Traveler, "The World's Best Business Class Seats, and How to Fly Them on Points and Miles," 21 Aug. 2019 Two wide angle devices will take panoramic images, and a filter wheel will enable them to image in 12 different wavelengths. Dominic Rech, CNN, "Europe is sending an alien-hunting camera to Mars," 20 Aug. 2019 Average launch angles allowed, however, have risen against Hirano from 8.9 to 10.5. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Strange sophomore season for Diamondbacks' Yoshihisa Hirano halts with elbow injury," 17 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Seconds later Burnley came again with another ball swung in from the right, which took a deflection off Mohamed Salah and angled dangerously towards the six-yard box. SI.com, "Alisson: Why Liverpool & Brazil Wall Deserves to Be the First Keeper to Win Ballon d'Or in 56 Years," 8 Sep. 2019 With a few brief but expressive shots of dying industry and urban decay, cinematographer Damian Garcia swiftly establishes the milieu of working-class blues the brothers are angling to leave behind. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Jungleland': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 7 Sep. 2019 Betts opened his stance slightly, his front foot angled slightly toward first base at the start of the at-bat, before moving into line with the pitcher while striding toward the pitch. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "J.D. Martinez continues to do huge damage at the plate," 2 Sep. 2019 Adding decorative boulders and grading to angle a sharp embankment are included in the plans. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Archway designed to reflect town’s identity," 28 Aug. 2019 The international pledges came despite tensions between European countries and the Brazilian president, who suggested the West was angling to exploit Brazil's natural resources. Anchorage Daily News, "G-7 pledges funds to fight Amazon fires," 26 Aug. 2019 Most of American’s jets feature seats in a popular reverse-herringbone 1-2-1 layout where those on the sides of the jet are angled outward, and those in the center angle toward one another. Eric Rosen, Condé Nast Traveler, "The World's Best Business Class Seats, and How to Fly Them on Points and Miles," 21 Aug. 2019 Life on land On land, penguins have an upright stance and tend to waddle, hop, or run with their bodies angled forward. Elissa Nuñez, National Geographic, "Penguins," 16 Aug. 2019 The light head can be rotated and angled for precise positioning. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "Angie’s List: Outdoor lighting improves safety and aesthetics," 12 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Shiv, who has been working as a political strategist for a Bernie Sanders doppelgänger opposed to everything her father believes in, is angling for her chance to leave politics behind and leap into the family business. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "How Succession Skewers the Rich," 9 Sep. 2019 On the second, Sharapova followed to net one of her best backhands of the match—deep and sharply angled—only to see Williams pass her with a spectacular down-the-line backhand of her own. Gerald Marzorati, The New Yorker, "Serena Williams Routed Maria Sharapova Again, at the U.S. Open, and Looked Ready for More," 27 Aug. 2019 Still an undersized underdog four years after his collegiate debut, Olszewski is angling for a similar trajectory in the NFL. Nicole Yang, BostonGlobe.com, "Patriots rookie Gunner Olszewski has always been worth his weight," 27 Aug. 2019 But Lifetime isn’t going to become a network dedicated to the genre like Oxygen, says Hunt, who points out that with the WNBA and reality shows like Dance Moms, Lifetime is angling to remain a more general entertainment hub for women. Jessica Klein, Fortune, "Oxygen’s True Crime Rebrand Keeps Paying Off," 27 Aug. 2019 The hull, which has a bow that angles upward instead of downward, was originally used in the 1900s and reintroduced in the 2010s with the Zumwalt class. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy’s Next Warship Will Look a Lot Like the USS Zumwalt," 19 June 2019 Set within the rock formation of Bukkekjerka, an old Sami sacrificial site found on the island of Andøya, is a sculptural pavilion formed by a swooping slab of concrete that angles upward before folding down. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Concrete rest stop mimics its rocky site," 11 June 2018 On the Lookout Draw attention away from a long face by sporting a pair of shades that angle outward at the temples. Amanda Greene, Woman's Day, "Sunglasses for Every Face Shape," 9 July 2010 Gossett, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, is still being angled toward instructional league play and the Arizona Fall League for innings. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "When Laureano returns to A’s, will Mark Canha start over Khris Davis?," 24 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'angle.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about angle

Dictionary Entries near angle

Angkor

Angl

anglaise

angle

Angle

angle bar

angle bead

Statistics for angle

Last Updated

17 Sep 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for angle

The first known use of angle was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for angle

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on angle

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with angle

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for angle

Spanish Central: Translation of angle

Nglish: Translation of angle for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of angle for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about angle

Comments on angle

What made you want to look up angle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

miscellaneous remnants or debris

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!