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\ ˈaŋ-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce angling (audio) \

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)

aspect, facet, hand, phase, side

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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 only way to do this accurately is with the torque-plus-angle fixture (shown at left). Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How to Use a Torque Wrench to Keep Your Car from Flying Apart," 26 Feb. 2019 The official Grammys website will also have extra screens available that fans can access to get live backstage coverage and even different camera angles throughout the show. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "How to Watch the 2019 Grammys Online," 8 Feb. 2019 Porter worked the look in front of the cameras, twirling in his cape and working every angle possible. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Billy Porter's Golden Globes Look Just Changed My Life," 7 Jan. 2019 It is rendered, by Robbi Rodriguez and colorist Rico Renzi, in the fierce, retrofuturistic extremes of color and angle that defined the internet at its inception. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Zoe Quinn’s Goddess Mode makes cyberpunk magic from the internet," 27 Dec. 2018 Instead of the standard 90-degree angles found in many houses, the building uses the parallelogram shape and features a single right angle in its design. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired ‘parallelogram’ house asks $560K," 3 Dec. 2018 Budapest, Hungary With some of the best Art Nouveau architecture in Europe, scenic Budapest has no bad angles. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cities in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 In Florida, where groundwater re-emerges, the river networks have much wider angles between their tributaries. Nola Taylor Redd, Space.com, "Geometry Helps Solve the Mystery of Mars' Water," 13 July 2018 Dior Men was my favorite show: clean, well-conceived, and expertly done from all angles. Vogue, "Vogue Runway’s Critics Weigh In on the Fall 2019 Menswear Collections—And the Seismic Shifts Changing the Business," 22 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

It's angled perfectly to contour your nose and jawline. $6 (Shop Now). Stephanie Saltzman, Allure, "18 Reasons Every Beauty Lover Should Shop at Target," 1 Oct. 2018 Lead with your chin angling it up toward the ceiling. Brian Maher, Philly.com, "Why you need to add this joint mobility routine to your workout," 8 May 2018 All types of deals are now angling to be associated with the Belt and Road Initiative like a theme park in Indonesia and a brewery in the Czech Republic. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "China Taps the Brakes on Its Global Push for Influence," 29 June 2018 Ken Walter will hold, Lonie Paxton will snap from the far hash mark, angled to the left for Adam Vinatieri. Hayden Bird, BostonGlobe.com, "A look at some of Gil Santos’s most memorable calls," 20 Apr. 2018 Those of us who’d never skied before all took a big group lesson with two instructors, who taught us how to move our skis from pizza (angled to a point in front) to French fries (hip-width and parallel). Laurel Leicht, SELF, "8 Women-Only Ski Camps for Skiers of All Skill Levels," 2 Mar. 2018 Bend both knees again to create two 90-degrees angles with your legs. SELF, "Strengthen Your Entire Body With This 8-Part Slam Ball Circuit from Pink’s Trainer," 12 Sep. 2018 Make sure the downspouts release the water on a slope that is angled away from your home. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Repair Your Gutters and Save Your Home," 16 Jan. 2019 Your toes and knees should be angled slightly out, and your knees should track over your toes. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "A Quick Equipment-Free Butt Workout From Celebrity Trainer Erin Oprea," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But the fun part is angling sideways, getting that blue-face thrill. Jamie Brisick, WSJ, "The Rush of Bodysurfing in Rio: A Traveler’s Guide," 3 Jan. 2019 Now British co-living platform Vivahouse is angling for a piece of the action with its prefabricated units that can be built inside languishing offices, shopping centers, and other commercial spaces. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "‘Co-living’ in an abandoned mall? This startup is making it happen," 20 Nov. 2018 Gambling talk was mostly verboten by traditional media and frowned upon by the leagues, but companies are suddenly angling for space. Rick Maese, chicagotribune.com, "A safe bet: Legal gambling could change the way we watch, talk and experience sports," 5 July 2018 According to Spanish rumours site Diario Gol, both the player and Madrid are angling for a €100m move to the Bernabeu, but there are a lot of variables in the deal. SI.com, "Report Claims Man Utd Willing to Let De Gea Leave if La Liga Star Can Be Signed as Replacement," 8 June 2018 The Panthers are angling for a new stadium, and Tepper hinted that might not necessarily wind up in Charlotte. Sam Farmer, latimes.com, "David Tepper is approved as new owner of the Carolina Panthers," 22 May 2018 The Dutch biotech company is angling for a comeback in gene therapy after Glybera -- its groundbreaking, $1 million treatment for a rare condition -- fizzled last year. Bloomberg.com, "After $1 Million Drug Flop, UniQure Revives in Gene Therapy," 6 Apr. 2018 Bend both knees again to create two 90-degrees angles with your legs. SELF, "Strengthen Your Entire Body With This 8-Part Slam Ball Circuit from Pink’s Trainer," 12 Sep. 2018 It's angled perfectly to contour your nose and jawline. $6 (Shop Now). Stephanie Saltzman, Allure, "18 Reasons Every Beauty Lover Should Shop at Target," 1 Oct. 2018

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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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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

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