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

Looking backward: The Stelvio’s rear window is small and sits at a sharp angle, so the view behind is pretty poor. Scott Sturgis, Philly.com, "2018 Stelvio rounds out the Alfa Romeo lineup," 12 July 2018 The ball-handler doesn't adjust by taking a step back to the 3-point arc to create better spacing and shifting to his right to create the 45-degree angle to make the entry pass easier. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Jaren Jackson Jr. sits in middle of Grizzlies' efforts to rebuild grit-and-grind identity," 11 July 2018 The track, which many kids learn to ride a bike with training wheels, but at the Lexus Velodrome on Mack Avenue in Detroit, kids ages 3-17 can ride on a track at a 50-degree angle. Grace Reyes, Detroit Free Press, "Lexus Velodrome in Detroit offering free weekly summer camps for kids," 10 July 2018 Nowadays, though, one thing tops the search results: a mug shot, his eyes hooded, his white goatee jutting out at a defiant angle. New York Times, "From Fighting Injustice to Facing Death Row: The Bizarre Case of Pastor Glasgow," 7 July 2018 Face forward Unlike women, Rashid photographs men at a slightly lower angle. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Suburban 7: Outdoor photo hacks from a professional photographer," 3 July 2018 Standing at a tight angle 14 yards out, Vertonghen sent a slow, looping header high over goalkeeper Eiji Kawshima into the far corner of the Japan net. Graham Dunbar, The Seattle Times, "World Cup headed goal like never before sparks Belgium win," 2 July 2018 For aero and style, the tail abruptly drops down at a square angle. Bradley Berman, Popular Mechanics, "The Jaguar I-PACE and the Juiced-Up Future of Going Off-Road," 25 June 2018 Cut the kernels off the cob by placing the cob’s tip on a cutting board and holding it at a 45-degree angle. Jesse Sparks, Bon Appetit, "These Extra-Corny Cornbread Muffins Are No Joke," 21 June 2018

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The Frenchman is widely known to be frustrated at Old Trafford, and is angling for a move away from the club in the hunt for more game time. SI.com, "Report Claims Chelsea Will Only Sell Willian to Man Utd On One Specific Condition," 4 July 2018 As Variety’s latest cover story points out, Comcast head Brian Roberts is one of Iger’s most bitter rivals, and, prior to making his $65 billion offer, was angling for other ways to scoop valuable Fox assets out from under Disney. Yohana Desta, HWD, "Disney Just One-Upped Comcast in the Battle for Fox," 20 June 2018 Adu was a 14-year-old soccer phenom, lighting up amateur and semi-pro soccer at an age when most boys are angling for a new bicycle. Roy Bragg, San Antonio Express-News, "SAFC investing in teen soccer phenom," 14 May 2018 In addition, forward Anriel Howard has been visiting other schools and is angling to transfer as well for her final year of eligibility. Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle, "Texas A&M women's basketball faces transfers," 2 May 2018 Heller also needs Republican voters' support to fend off primary challenger Danny Tarkanian, and could be angling for votes by proposing a solidly conservative justice from a neighboring state to take Kennedy's seat. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Could this be Anthony Kennedy’s last stand on the Supreme Court?," 9 Mar. 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 However, the bone at the base of our big toe—called the medial cuneiform—has a connection for the big toe that is more curved and slightly more angled than what is found in humans today. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Ancient Toddler Was at Home on the Ground and in the Trees," 5 July 2018 Casali caught the relay throw from Peraza, angled his legs to the edge of the plate and tagged out Pirates first baseman Josh Bell, the would-be tying run. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Billy Hamilton's defense, 3 runs lead the Cincinnati Reds past the Pittsburgh Pirates," 17 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

He's been angling for his payday since last year, when his training camp holdout caused him to miss the regular-season opener. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Who will be NFL's first $20 million defender? Rams' Aaron Donald, Raiders' Khalil Mack best bets," 9 May 2018 Cryan has irked his boss by being reluctant to meet some shareholders, and by angling publicly for more time to fix the bank. Steven Arons, Bloomberg.com, "Five Key Players at the Heart of Deutsche Bank’s Drama," 3 Apr. 2018 The thought of Cashman and Dodgers president Andrew Friedman angling in the same waters is the kind of thing that makes a man say damn the side effects and double down on the Ambien. David Murphy, Philly.com, "Second thoughts about the Phillies and Manny Machado | David Murphy," 11 July 2018 However, the bone at the base of our big toe—called the medial cuneiform—has a connection for the big toe that is more curved and slightly more angled than what is found in humans today. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Ancient Toddler Was at Home on the Ground and in the Trees," 5 July 2018 Spanish soldier Don Jose, who falls for man-eating troublemaker Carmen, becomes army corporal Joe, angling to get into flight school and engaged to sweet hometown girl Cindy Lou. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Carmen Jones': Theater Review," 28 June 2018 Several experts tell Wired UK that while Uber is unlikely to be outright banned in London, the appeals process could be dragged out for years, with Transport for London angling to extract as many concessions as possible from the company. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Uber Heads to Court to Save Its London License — And A Whole Lot More," 24 June 2018 Brazil’s Neymar is seen as the heir apparent to Ronaldo and Messi, angling to snatch the world’s best player award from them soon (he was named the world’s third-best player in 2015 and 2017). Alex Ward, Vox, "9 questions about the 2018 World Cup you were too embarrassed to ask," 12 June 2018 Zavodny then slammed on his brakes and angled his truck to block Woods from passing, according to police reports. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Strongsville man accused of shouting racial slurs, ramming car in Cleveland road-rage incident," 6 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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