\ ˈslant How to pronounce slant (audio) \
slanted; slanting; slants

Definition of slant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to take a diagonal course, direction, or path
2 : to turn or incline from a right line or a level : slope

transitive verb

1 : to give an oblique or sloping direction to
2 : to interpret or present in line with a special interest : angle stories slanted toward youth especially : to maliciously or dishonestly distort or falsify



Definition of slant (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a slanting direction, line, or plane : slope
2a : something that slants
c : a football running play in which the ballcarrier runs obliquely toward the line of scrimmage
3a : a peculiar or personal point of view, attitude, or opinion
b : a slanting view : glance

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Other Words from slant


slantingly \ ˈslan-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce slantingly (audio) \ adverb


slant adjective
slantways \ ˈslant-​ˌwāz How to pronounce slantways (audio) \ adverb
slantwise \ ˈslant-​ˌwīz How to pronounce slantwise (audio) \ adverb or adjective
slanty \ ˈslan-​tē How to pronounce slanty (audio) \ adjective

Examples of slant in a Sentence

Verb The sunlight slanted down through the leaves and branches of the trees. She slanted her hat a little to the right. They deliberately slanted the story to make themselves look good. Noun The computer keyboard is positioned at a slant so that typing is more comfortable for the wrists. He sliced the carrots on a slant.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Though this year's Oscar winners have slanted toward the , the night's performances have been refreshingly unpredictable. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Oscars Audience Was Very Confused by Eminem's Surprise Performance," 10 Feb. 2020 As Ryan Grim, Aída Chávez, and Akela Lacy write at The Intercept, other questions had equally slanted presuppositions. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "Is the media about to have a conniption fit over Bernie Sanders?," 17 Jan. 2020 Huffman was the first parent sentenced in the scandal that exposed the lengths some parents will go to to get their children into elite schools and reinforced suspicions that the college admissions process is slanted toward the rich. Jocelyn Gecker, Anchorage Daily News, "Felicity Huffman starts serving prison time in college scam," 15 Oct. 2019 The video also reminds us that sports is often about mythmaking, but myths can be slanted. Paul Lukas,, "Uni Watch: Bears ’36 Throwbacks Shine Light on NFL’s Segregated Era," 27 Sep. 2019 Afternoon sun would stream and slant into our room and then, dusk would settle., "Why I still roast a turkey on Thanksgiving - The Boston Globe," 21 Nov. 2019 Another Chicago finalist was a costume representing the award-winning 150 North Riverside office building, whose slanting lower walls have drawn comparisons to a tuning fork. Blair Kamin,, "Column: Architects come to a party dressed as their skyscrapers and paint a picture of today’s high-rise scene," 31 Oct. 2019 My right leg stretches, slanting upwards before me, like the side of the hill, the summit of which is my toes. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "The Pleasure and Pain of Being Cole Porter," 13 Jan. 2020 Outfitted with pipes that slant downward toward the front of the wall, the weep holes would allow water to drip out beyond the face of the brick. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, "What to do about white stains on a brick berm over a fishpond," 16 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Then Hill showed scouts his one-step slant techniques. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "Is it time to find an heir to Odell Beckham Jr. in the 2020 NFL Draft? This Week in the Cleveland Browns," 1 Mar. 2020 Seidel’s intelligence and ideological complexity, emerging more from Kretschmann’s slippery performance than from his character’s dialogue, tease a more compelling narrative slant. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "‘Balloon’ Review: Flight Club," 20 Feb. 2020 Hit him on a slant-and-go for 50 and on a screen pass for 70 or whatever. Dave Skretta,, "Aaron Rodgers is terrific again as the Packers improve to 7-1 with a 31-24 win over the Chiefs," 28 Oct. 2019 If Sherman is in man coverage, quick slants and unders beat him. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "Beating the 49ers defense: Attack Richard Sherman, run at Nick Bosa -- Film Review," 4 Oct. 2019 The Browns backed off the Ravens receivers with caution, but the Ravens didn’t take advantage with short hitches, slants and out routes. Mike Preston,, "Mike Preston’s report card: Position-by-position grades for Ravens’ 40-25 loss to Browns," 29 Sep. 2019 The play-action toss to the right manipulated the defense, and Horsted got inside the safety (going away from the run action) on his slant route. Rich Campbell,, "5 observations from rewatching the Bears’ Thanksgiving win over the Lions, including Mitch Trubisky’s 1st-down brilliance and the long-awaited opening touchdown drive," 30 Nov. 2019 On the second play of the game, Patterson Mill senior quarterback Nathan Vujanic found senior wideout James Reckard on a quick slant route that Reckard took 62 yards for the game’s first touchdown. Chris Jeter,, "Brown leads Joppatowne to upset over Patterson Mill in first round of football playoffs," 9 Nov. 2019 Before that series, Ekeler had never run a slant route. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Undersized Chargers running back Austin Ekeler has caught on as a big-time receiver," 23 Oct. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'slant.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of slant


1644, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for slant


Middle English slenten to fall obliquely, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian dialect slenta to slope, Old Norse sletta to throw carelessly

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The first known use of slant was in 1644

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2 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Slant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of slant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to not be level or straight up and down
: to present (something, such as a news story) in a way that favors a particular group, opinion, etc.



English Language Learners Definition of slant (Entry 2 of 2)

: a direction, line, or surface that is not level or straight up and down
: a way of thinking about, describing, or discussing something


\ ˈslant How to pronounce slant (audio) \
slanted; slanting

Kids Definition of slant

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to turn or incline diagonally from a straight line or level : slope



Kids Definition of slant (Entry 2 of 3)

: a direction, line, or surface that is not level or straight up and down : slope



Kids Definition of slant (Entry 3 of 3)

: not level or straight up and down


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Medical Definition of slant

: a culture medium solidified obliquely in a tube so as to increase the surface area a blood-agar slant — compare stab sense 2a

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