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 The Prophecy's look is very different from the 45 concept that Hyundai unveiled in 2019, which had more angles than curves. Mihir Maddireddy, Car and Driver, "Hyundai Writes Its Own Prophecy with Concept EV," 3 Mar. 2020 Well, spectral cloaking works for any wavelength of light, but only from a single angle, according to Azaña. Nathaniel Scharping, Smithsonian Magazine, "‘The Invisible Man’ Isn’t Real, but This Invisibility Technology Is," 28 Feb. 2020 The German film Balloon explores the Iron Curtain from an unusual angle: above. Kyle Smith, National Review, "In Balloon, a Great Escape from Socialism," 26 Feb. 2020 The cylinders in the V6 engine have 75-degree bank angle, allowing engineers to tuck the engine low in the car and close to the driver, which, according to Klaus, generates a lower center of gravity as well as more instinctual balance and control. Eric Adams, Wired, "How a Street-Smart Supercar Got Ready for the Racetrack," 17 Feb. 2020 Among those included analyzing the aeroscreen from each angle. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Cold temperatures stall first day of IndyCar open test at Circuit of the Americas," 11 Feb. 2020 The structure of the show, while similar to its predecessor Project Runway, has its own unique angle: The contestants are already professional designers. Gabrielle Korn, refinery29.com, "Next In Fashion‘s Tan France & Alexa Chung Don’t Know; Don’t Care What TikTok Is," 4 Feb. 2020 This is officially a game thread now 🤷🏾‍♂️ Brian Flores gets into the backfield on 1st and goal, but takes a bad angle on Frank Gore, who scores a TD with less than five min left in the first quarter. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Brian Flores’ college battle against UM’s Frank Gore was hit-and-miss," 18 Oct. 2019 Opponents look at left-handed boomers from Bob’s serve and, two games later, face right-handed zings and totally different angles from Mike. Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, "Bob and Mike Bryan chasing a few more big wins to cap their prolific careers," 7 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On open fishing days, boat angling is only allowed upstream to Beacon Rock, with bank angling open from Warrior Rock to Bonneville Dam. oregonlive, "Lackluster forecast for Columbia River spring chinook leads to fragmented fishing season," 20 Feb. 2020 From standing, step your right foot back, as though coming into a lunge, but place your heel down with your toes angled slightly out. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Low back and neck pain is costing us a fortune. Here's how to stop," 3 Mar. 2020 Traffic patterns No longer reserved for Manhattan families angling to get their toddlers and preschoolers into elite kindergartens, more and more families from a wide array of backgrounds enroll their kids in tutoring centers. Pawan Dhingra, The Conversation, "Tutoring kids who don’t need it is a booming business in affluent areas where parents want to stack the deck," 2 Mar. 2020 The ball rolled and rolled and angled and rolled and then, to the shock of us all, went in. David Quammen, Outside Online, "And (this one highlighted by my hockey experience) there’s no checking.," 2 Mar. 2020 If Haspel was angling from the start to keep her job in Trump’s Washington, cultivating McConnell was a good start. Jefferson Morley, The New Republic, "Is the CIA’s Director Going Full MAGA?," 12 Feb. 2020 The Democrats angling to replace Trump took notice of Vindman's ouster during their evening debate in Manchester, New Hampshire. Nancy Benac, BostonGlobe.com, "Acquittal, then retribution: Trump ousts two who testified in impeachment," 7 Feb. 2020 The Democrats angling to replace Trump took notice of Vindman's ouster during their evening debate in Manchester, New Hampshire. Deb Riechmann, Anchorage Daily News, "Payback: Trump ousts officials who testified on impeachment," 7 Feb. 2020 His steady surge has seemingly come at the expense of Warren, the other Democrat angling for the party's progressive lane, who came in third in Iowa. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "A New Hampshire primary win is key for multiple Democrats. Here's what we know," 6 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Many structures are angled in distinctive ways toward the street. New York Times, "Park Hill, Yonkers, N.Y.: A ‘Secret Neighborhood’ Overlooking the Bronx," 12 Feb. 2020 Startups and strategists across the country are angling to be part of this new wave of political advertising. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "The Influencer Election Is Here," 13 Feb. 2020 As the sun sinks behind the Tennessee mountains, and stars wink into view, astronomer Doug Durig climbs onto the rooftop of his observatory, powers up his three telescopes, and angles them skyward. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 29 Nov. 2019 As the sun sinks behind the Tennessee mountains, and stars wink into view, astronomer Doug Durig climbs onto the rooftop of his observatory, powers up his three telescopes and angles them skyward. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "An alien comet from another star is soaring through our solar system," 28 Nov. 2019 Birdow angled to the front corner of the end zone and dove inside the pylon for a 14-0 lead in the first five minutes. Eric Bem, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Football: Westminster gets hot early, leaps past Long Reach to advance in 3A East playoffs," 8 Nov. 2019 The fish and wildlife commission also gave further consideration to a highly controversial move to restrict angling, trapping and spearfishing in Biscayne National Park in South Florida to boost sizes and numbers of fish. Kevin Spear, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida moves for tighter fishing regulations for seatrout, blackfin tuna, Biscayne park," 2 Oct. 2019 If Haspel was angling from the start to keep her job in Trump’s Washington, cultivating McConnell was a good start. Jefferson Morley, The New Republic, "Is the CIA’s Director Going Full MAGA?," 12 Feb. 2020 These angling best practices, when used, markedly increase post-release survival. Popular Science, "Releasing a caught fish isn’t as simple as tossing it overboard," 11 Feb. 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 Mar. 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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