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

There are many factors that determine how well the Archimedes screw will work, such as the length, its angle, the radius and more. Ben Finio, Scientific American, "Lift Water with an Archimedes Screw," 11 July 2019 From there, things get a little weirder with rectangular volumes jutting out from the side of the building at various angles, creating the appearance of a fallen Jenga tower. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Shipping container building concept is part office, part sculpture," 3 July 2019 No matter what your viewing angle is, one thing is crystal clear: this is a serious, full-size SUV built for doing full-size SUV things. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Go big and go home: The BMW X7 reviewed," 28 June 2019 The patterns and their locations will change as sunlight pours through large prisms at different angles during the day and over the course of the year, said the artist, Peter Erskine. Katherine Shaver, Washington Post, "Artists hope Purple Line station designs will inspire wonder and showcase communities," 22 June 2019 Lovers bend at impossible angles; limbs that don’t fit the composition taper off and disappear. Christopher Alessandrini, The New York Review of Books, "‘Boys Do It Better’: The Paintings of Louis Fratino," 18 May 2019 Pose in the mirror, caress your silhouette, know your naked angles. Nona Willis Aronowitz, Teen Vogue, "When Is It Safe to Send a Partner Nude Photos?," 2 May 2019 In fact, Jarillo-Herrero’s team made their discovery while trying to create graphene twists that matched a bunch of magic rotation angles from this earlier prediction, including 1.05 degrees, 0.5 degrees and 0.24 degrees. Quanta Magazine, "When Magic Is Seen in Twisted Graphene, That’s a Moiré," 20 June 2019 None of the camera angles showed a definitive answer so the call wasn’t overturned. Wayne Mcgahee Iii, The Courier-Journal, "Watch the controversial call that hurt Louisville baseball in its eighth inning rally," 20 June 2019

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The 33-year-old's decision was confirmed on Thursday as Koscielny appears to be angling for a move back to Ligue 1, with Bordeaux and Rennes both interested in signing the defender ahead of the new season. SI.com, "Arsenal Revive Interest in Ruben Dias After Laurent Koscielny Pre-Season Tour Shenanigans," 13 July 2019 Home to Arctic grayling and rainbow trout, both rivers are also great for angling, either on your own or with services like Denali Fly Fishing Guides. National Geographic, "Everything to know about Denali National Park and Preserve," 8 July 2019 As it's angled toward the driver, interacting with it is less distracting. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Go big and go home: The BMW X7 reviewed," 28 June 2019 Astronomers can calculate an exact moment for the solstice, when Earth reaches the point in its orbit where the North Pole is angled closest to the sun. Stephen Schneider, Quartz, "An astronomer’s guide to the summer solstice," 20 June 2019 Related Stories The Lakers have been angling to get Davis since February’s trading deadline, and that was Davis’ wish, as well. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Lakers get Anthony Davis, and it’s a new day in the West," 15 June 2019 Rumors that Sessions’ neck is on the chopping block are constant, and Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has been angling to replace him. Molly Ball, Time, "Jeff Sessions Is Winning for Donald Trump. If Only He Can Keep His Job," 29 Mar. 2018 Some of those flavors are more favored during the fall, as Jose Cuervo is angling to encourage consumption during colder months. John Kell, Fortune, "Prepackaged Sangria Is Having a Moment This Summer," 29 June 2019 The music is dramatic, and the impossible camera angles surreal and awe-inspiring. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Here are Jony Ive’s most important — and indulgent — Apple product videos," 27 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Families with children set up blankets in the field, and fans angled for spots with a glimpse of the giant screen set up to show the broadcast of the game. Patrick M. O'connell, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago fans cheer for World Cup champs and equal pay for women," 7 July 2019 Tonight, Wednesday, was the undercard pitting Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, and Beto O’Rourke against seven people angling for MSNBC shows. Abbi Matheson, BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s how late-night hosts reacted to the first Democratic primary debate," 27 June 2019 Yesterday, at its annual Elevate conference, the company showcased its designs for the aircraft interiors, with seats angled for maximum views and high-tech fabric that makes sliding across the row even easier. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Close Are We to Flying Taxis, Really?," 12 June 2019 Even beach vacations can be chaotic, with crowds of fellow sun-seekers all angling for a prime spot by the pool. Jennifer Franklin, USA TODAY, "You won’t want to miss a moment of this unforgettable and luxurious Canadian train journey," 6 June 2019 Considering his relative youth, high IQ and positional versatility, multiple teams should be angling to poach him. Ben Golliver, courant.com, "There’s more to this NBA free agency than superstars," 25 June 2019 Hanging upside down from a perch, Xena angled her head to take the food, while the baby clung to the mother at various improbable angles. Bradley J. Fikes, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Baby sloth enchants crowd at San Diego Zoo," 11 June 2019 Once the tether is fully extended, the kite is angled to catch less wind, reeled partway back in, and allowed to reel out again. The Economist, "An innovative approach to making electricity from the wind," 7 June 2019 Sessions is angling for a rematch but may face a primary fight with Allen West, who served one term in the House from Florida. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Beto O'Rourke pledges end to purges of voter rolls and voter ID laws, calls for term limits," 5 June 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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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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