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

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Other Words from right angle

right-angled \ ˈrīt-​ˈaŋ-​gəld How to pronounce right-angled (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 The Universal Waste Management System is designed like a conventional Western toilet, where astronauts’ thighs are at a right angle to the floor. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Why NASA Designed a New $23 Million Space Toilet," 22 June 2020 The legs form right angles with your butt on the chair and your knees coming out directly straight from your hips. Stephanie Mansour, CNN, "How to combat poor at-home work posture," 22 Apr. 2020 Your hands should be on your keyboard, with your forearms basically flat and elbows bent at a right angle. John Herrman, New York Times, "The Buy-Nothing Home Office," 15 Apr. 2020 Drifting at a right angle, however, is the fastest route to disaster. Tim Romano, Outdoor Life, "Rowing Tips That Will Help You Catch More Fish (and Keep You from Capsizing)," 13 Apr. 2020 There were a host of challenges like ensuring your remote was pointed at the box at the right angle, or pressing the reset button when service was on the fritz. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "10 things you don’t need around the house anymore because of tech," 2 Dec. 2019 Here, the arches of the console by Martin and Brockett play nicely with the right angles of the wooden steps. Sally Kuchar, Sunset Magazine, "Sunset’s 2019 Idea House Gets Outfitted by LA Designer Superstars ETC.etera," 13 Jan. 2020 For the friend who's always taking pictures: Prynt Pocket Everyone takes a ton of pictures for social media these days, and your best friend might be forcing you to take hundreds of photos to get the right angle. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "20 amazing gifts your friends will love," 22 Oct. 2019 As the exhibition demonstrates, photographers sometimes nailed it in the first shot, but more often had to try numerous times to get the right angle and the right moment. Steven Litt, cleveland, "‘Proof’ at Cleveland Museum of Art celebrates lost art of the contact sheet in age of film roll photography," 9 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of right angle

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Right angle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/right%20angle. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of right angle

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

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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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