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angle

noun an·gle \ ˈaŋ-gəl \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of angle

1 :a corner whether constituting a projecting part or a partially enclosed space
  • They sheltered in an angle of the building.
2 a :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
3 a :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.

angled

play \-gəld\ adjective

Examples of angle in a Sentence

  1. The lines are at sharp angles to each other.

  2. Critics love the clever camera angles the director used in the film.

  3. She took pictures of the same scene from several different angles.

  4. The soldiers were being attacked from every angle.

  5. We need to approach the problem from a new angle.

  6. They considered the question from all angles.

  7. The reporter tried to work that angle into his story.

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Origin and Etymology of angle

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin angulus


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angle

verb

Definition of angle

angled; angling play \-g(ə-)liŋ\
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

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First Known Use of angle

14th century


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angle

verb

Definition of angle

angled; angling play \-g(ə-)liŋ\
intransitive verb
1 :to fish with a hook
2 :to use artful means to attain an objective
  • angled for an invitation

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Origin and Etymology of angle

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

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Angle

noun An·gle \ ˈaŋ-gəl \

Definition of Angle

: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

Origin and Etymology of angle

Latin Angli, plural, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English Engle Angles

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ANGLE Defined for English Language Learners

angle

noun

Definition of angle for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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angle

noun an·gle \ ˈaŋ-gəl \

Definition of angle for Students

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.

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angle

verb

Definition of angle for Students

angled; angling
:to turn, move, or point in a direction that is not straight or flat
  • The spotlight was angled down toward the floor.

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angle

verb

Definition of angle for Students

angled; angling
1 :to fish with hook and line
2 :to try to get something in a sly way
  • He's always angling for a compliment.

Medical Dictionary

angle

noun an·gle \ ˈaŋ-gəl \

medical Definition of angle

1 :a corner whether constituting a projecting part or a partially enclosed space
2 a :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

angled

play \-gəld\ adjective


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