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)

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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 Similarly, adjusting the angle of your hips or the position of your torsos might make spooning more comfortable. Erika W. Smith,, "7 Tips To Make Spooning Sex Forking Hot," 8 Jan. 2020 An up-close angle of his hand showed his finger bent awkwardly to the left. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "76ers' Joel Embiid Dislocates His Finger in Gruesome Injury During Game: 'It Looked Crazy'," 7 Jan. 2020 While the angle of seats on the sunny side is a real issue, most of the malaise can be attributed directly to the team’s missteps. Ann Killion,, "Time for Levi’s Stadium to break its ‘curse’ over the 49ers," 2 Jan. 2020 The Courier Journal reported on every angle of controversy and conspiracy surrounding the race and has documented every turn since. Rana L. Cash, The Courier-Journal, "12 unforgettable sports stories from 2019 that kept us talking all year long," 30 Dec. 2019 The decreased angle of the toilet specifically strains the quad muscles, according to the company, tiring toilet users out. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "It Hurts to Sit on This Sloped Toilet for More Than 5 Minutes. That's the Point.," 19 Dec. 2019 Capitalizing on advances in machine learning, scientists are building algorithms that automatically track animals’ movements, down to tiny changes in the angle of a fly’s wing or the arch of a mouse’s back. Quanta Magazine, "To Decode the Brain, Scientists Automate the Study of Behavior," 10 Dec. 2019 Directed by Charles Todd, the clip features shots of the group's live shows, including funky stage angles of the stars themselves and plenty of sweaty, smiling audience members. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Sofi Tukker Captures the Wild Energy of Live Shows In 'Purple Hat' Video: Watch," 10 Dec. 2019 Behind the upstairs raw bar at For[a]ged, a glass case displays dozens of Pham’s knives, each with a thousand intricacies, from the curve of the handles to the angle of the blade beveling. Josie Sexton, The Denver Post, "One of Denver’s original star chefs returns to open a raw bar and restaurant in LoDo," 6 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As in that case, prosecutors are angling to make Weinstein’s trial a referendum on his behavior with women over many decades, not just in the two instances that led to criminal charges. Michael R. Sisak,, "Weinstein’s reckoning: Trial looms 2 years after #MeToo wave," 5 Jan. 2020 Unlike most lightsabers, the blade of the Darksaber is angled and looks more like a sword. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The Darksaber Made a Crucial Appearance in The Mandalorian's Season Finale. Here's Its Significance in Star Wars Lore," 28 Dec. 2019 Center Connor McGovern angled out defensive tackle Frank Herron. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Rating The Broncos: Perfectly blocked touchdown by Phillip Lindsay capped run-game resurgence," 23 Dec. 2019 Roberto Sanchez Garcia is angling for a rematch in a legislative district spanning south Phoenix. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Divorced couple could run against each another for south Phoenix House seat," 18 Dec. 2019 Halas angled to move the game indoors, having at least experienced football in the Stadium during a 1930 exhibition against the Chicago Cardinals. Rich Campbell,, "The 1932 NFL championship. Indoors at Chicago Stadium. How one of the strangest — and most influential — games in Bears history changed the league.," 9 Dec. 2019 They were rewarded with a wild surprise right away: The slow-motion parrotlets were angling their wings to make drag help to lift their bodies during takeoff. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Five Birds Have Changed What We Know About How Animals—and Planes—Fly," 25 Nov. 2019 At the same time, Dufty is angling for more collaboration with San Francisco. Rachel Swan,, "Fatal stabbing plunges BART into another crisis. Does it need more help?," 24 Nov. 2019 As the skittish reindeer in the central paddock decreased, herders angled into their paths in wings. Juliana Hanle, Scientific American, "The Fight for the Reindeer," 18 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On the opening possession, Adams and Geronimo Allison ran angled routes toward each other before faking the pick and zagging away. oregonlive, "NFL Playoffs 2020: Seattle Seahawks’ rally falls short in loss to the Green Bay Packers in a Divisional Round playoff," 12 Jan. 2020 Finally, angling pressure on those shallow fish is light, as many outdoor enthusiasts remain focused on pursuing winged or four-legged quarry in the fields and woods. Outdoor Life, "5 Hottest Bites For First Ice," 20 Nov. 2019 It was parked in a position with its boom, fitted with a steel-cable harness, angling over S.R. 408 spans and a badly damaged personnel hoist. Kevin Spear,, "One dead, one injured from falling beam during I-4 construction in Orlando, authorities say," 29 Sep. 2019 Opposition leader Matteo Salvini has been angling to wrest control in next month's election of the governorship of the Emilia Romagna region, long a proud stronghold of the left. Washington Post, "World digest: Dec. 28, 2019," 28 Dec. 2019 Keller took a pass and angled toward Detroit’s net, firing a shot that went between Wings defenders Filip Hronek and Trevor Daley and behind Howard. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "For Detroit Red Wings, 5-2 loss to Coyotes just another night proving gap in talent," 23 Dec. 2019 Those close to Mulvaney see the revelation of the review as the latest salvo in an internal struggle between Mulvaney and White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who has been angling to replace Mulvaney as chief of staff. Kathryn Watson And Stefan Becket, CBS News, "White House review finds emails showing debate over Ukraine aid — live," 25 Nov. 2019 Judy and Honey Boy have been angling for accolade opportunities beyond their respective actors, but got nothing outside of their buzzy performances. David Canfield,, "What the Independent Spirit Award nominations mean for the Oscars," 21 Nov. 2019 Krug, working center point on the PP, closed to about 40 feet and launched a quick wrister that angled in by Bernier., "Slow to start, Bruins succumb to lowly Red Wings - The Boston Globe," 9 Nov. 2019

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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, 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

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

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15 Jan 2020

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“Angle.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 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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