: an angle made by a given line with an axis of reference
specifically : such an angle made by a straight line with the three axes of a rectangular Cartesian coordinate system —usually used in plural
Recent Examples on the Web In their earliest dances, the bees that had no guidance performed dances with more mistakes in their direction angles and in the distance encoding communicated by the vertical waggle run. —Mindy Weisberger, CNN, 9 Mar. 2023
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