right angle


Definition of right angle

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web One man worked on getting just the right angle for a selfie with the screen livestreaming the marathon behind him. oregonlive, 17 July 2022 But it will be known regardless by whatever nickname catches the fancy of the fan base — something to know the right angle that now stands in left-center field of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 6 Apr. 2022 Make sure to research thoroughly, find the right angle, stick to the structure, write in a clear voice and add some honesty and urgency. Marcel Sattler, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Number of names, and counting, suggested for the new right angle in left-center, including Adley’s Angle and Elrod’s Corner. Steve Earley, Baltimore Sun, 11 Apr. 2022 About 1,000 seats along 10 rows were removed from the stadium to make way for the deeper wall, and a right angle was added to left-center field where fans used to look down into the bullpens. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 11 Apr. 2022 But the office of Oslotre’s founding partner, Jørgen Tycho, displays an enormous chunk of wood: two precisely cut pieces of cross-laminated timber that were slotted together at a right angle, then secured with wooden dowels. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 18 Apr. 2022 The natural phenomenon occurs when the waning sunlight of mid-February days strikes Horsetail Fall on El Capitan at just the right angle to create a streak of orange resembling a lava flow. Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2022 Each board has two legs that fold out, so the boards sit at just the right angle. Carly Totten, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of right angle

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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25 Jul 2022

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“Right angle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/right%20angle. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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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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