right angle

noun

Definition of right angle

: the angle bounded by two lines perpendicular to each other : an angle of 90° or ¹/₂ π radians

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Other Words from right angle

right-angled \ ˈrīt-​ˈaŋ-​gəld How to pronounce right angle (audio) \ or right-angle \ ˈrīt-​ˈaŋ-​gəl How to pronounce right angle (audio) \ adjective

Examples of right angle in a Sentence

A square has four right angles. Hold the nail at a right angle to the board. The two boards are joined at right angles to each other.
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Recent Examples on the Web When the sunlight hits the right angle, the clouds of dust turn golden, swirling in gentle eddies around the concrete crusher before wafting toward the fence separating Gaza from Israel. Los Angeles Times, 13 June 2021 Scrape back and forth over the crack with a sharp razor blade held at a right angle to the surface. Washington Post, 31 May 2021 Shepherd believes that was because the strong winds apparently caught the tree at just the right angle to pull it out of the ground by its massive roots. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 29 May 2021 The audio cable connects at a right angle to protect the port and the cord itself. Anthony Karcz, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Damned state was laid out with a T-square, with turns that vary from a right angle to an even righter angle. Steven Cole Smith, Car and Driver, 21 May 2021 The vibrant collection, priced at $34.99, is also designed at a right angle to fit on a shelf or a window sill. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2021 In one video, Gauna captured a shark with a pectoral fin bent at a right angle from an injury, like a broken wing. Joe Mozingo, oregonlive, 16 May 2021 In one video, Gauna captured a shark with a pectoral fin bent at a right angle from an injury, like a broken wing. Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2021

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First Known Use of right angle

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jun 2021

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“Right angle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/right%20angle. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for right angle

right angle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of right angle

: an angle formed by two lines that are perpendicular to each other : an angle that measures 90°

right angle

noun

Kids Definition of right angle

: an angle formed by two lines that are perpendicular to each other : an angle of 90 degrees

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