angle

noun (1)
an·​gle | \ˈaŋ-gəl \

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\-​g(ə-​)liŋ \

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\-​g(ə-​)liŋ \

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 \

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 \-​gəld \ 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

Here’s how visual-effects companies like Digital Domain — which created the Tupac hologram at Coachella — capture famous faces from every conceivable angle for digital recreation. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Twitter earnings, Why the stock market is falling," 25 Oct. 2018 From this angle the audience cannot see the puppeteers who are shoulder-to-shoulder behind the stage. Alan Berner, The Seattle Times, "Puppeteers perform for Diwali: Lights of India festival at Seattle Center," 20 Oct. 2018 The intent is for players to enjoy their own animations from any angle. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Players are exploiting Black Ops 4 emotes to peek around corners," 15 Oct. 2018 It is aimed at countering graphic police-dashcam video of the 2014 shooting taken from another angle. Fox News, "The Latest: Animation shown at Chicago officer's trial," 25 Sep. 2018 The house sits at an angle in line with the mountain range to the south so that the sprawling front balcony and main room enjoy striking views. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Shipping container house in the desert asks $610K," 19 Sep. 2018 For feet, cut off ends of mini cucumbers at an angle and secure with toothpicks. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 2018 All summer long, Refinery29 will be examining cults from every angle: pop culture, fashion, food, beauty, and their controversial origins. refinery29.com, "Kylie Jenner, Crystals & Cults: Inside The Mysterious Orgonite Society," 13 July 2018 Drones are seen hovering around the scene, catching the rap diva from every angle on the tropical shores. Connor Whittum, Billboard, "Nicki Minaj Becomes a Mermaid in New 'Bed' Video Teaser," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Comcast is still angling for control of the European pay-TV operator, and currently has the lead with a bid that values Sky at $34 billion, or about 5% higher than Fox’s most recent offer. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "Disney Lays Out Its Plan to Fight Back Against Streaming Giants," 8 Aug. 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 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 Republicans were largely on defense but also were angling for gains in a few traditionally Democratic states, such Connecticut. David A. Lieb, The Seattle Times, "Democrats gain governors’ seats, but GOP holds some states," 7 Nov. 2018 And layers that angle inward on the sides will build height and body at the crown. Jessica Chia, Allure, "The Best Hair Loss Treatments for Every Budget," 15 Oct. 2018 According to Brennan, the bank approved $16 million in loans to Manafort by CEO Stephen Calk, who was angling for a cabinet position in the Trump administration. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Defense rests in Manafort case, ex-Trump campaign chairman won't testify," 15 Aug. 2018 This includes, but is certainly not limited to, condemning the Russian interference that angled for his victory and Hilary Clinton's defeat in the 2016 presidential election. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Donald Trump Doesn't Care About Democracy. He Only Cares About Himself.," 17 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Republicans were largely on defense but also were angling for gains in a few traditionally Democratic states, such Connecticut. David A. Lieb, The Seattle Times, "Democrats gain governors’ seats, but GOP holds some states," 7 Nov. 2018 According to Brennan, the bank approved $16 million in loans to Manafort by CEO Stephen Calk, who was angling for a cabinet position in the Trump administration. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Defense rests in Manafort case, ex-Trump campaign chairman won't testify," 15 Aug. 2018 The National Sporting Library, adjacent to the museum, holds more than 26,000 books on equestrian, angling and field sports. The New York Times, New York Times, "The Museums Times Reporters Like to Visit on Their Days Off," 13 Mar. 2018 The couple placed the signs on their front lawn on South Belfast Avenue, angled to attract the attention of drivers passing by. Fox News, "Garden sign seeking kidney donor yields 30 volunteers," 25 Sep. 2018 Then sellers angling to profit from the attention flooded his market, and demand dropped off the following year. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "Art World’s Newest Star Makes $3 Million Paintings. Is the Crash Next?," 21 Sep. 2018 Young visitors can test water quality and trawl for plankton with the Billion Oyster Project, learn angling with I Fish NY, make sea creature masks and other crafts, and enjoy live music and theater. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "9 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 According to league sources, the Warriors are making calls to acquire a second draft pick in the 30s and could be angling to draft two young wing players to help round out their bench. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2018 NBA Mock Draft 11.0: Trade Rumors and Final Picks for Both Rounds," 21 June 2018 But does that mean the Bills are angling to take a quarterback with their first draft choice? Mark Inabinett, AL.com, "Buffalo Bills general manager looking for franchise quarterback," 17 Apr. 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 \

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 \

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 \ adjective

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