\ ˈslant \
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 \ adverb


slant adjective
slantways \ ˈslant-​ˌwāz \ adverb
slantwise \ ˈslant-​ˌwīz \ adverb or adjective
slanty \ ˈslan-​tē \ adjective

Examples of slant in a Sentence


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.


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

That included an actual research project from Google critic Robert Epstein, author of a controversial study about whether Google results are politically slanted. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Sundar Pichai had to explain to Congress why Googling ‘idiot’ turns up pictures of Trump," 11 Dec. 2018 The cabin’s calling card is its slanting wedge roof, which, in addition to cutting a sleek silhouette, allows for more space in the living areas. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Koto prefab cabins are the definition of sleek Scandinavian style," 5 Sep. 2018 On a recent evening, with the sun slanting low over the plains, Mr. Navas prepared to leave. New York Times, "Workers Flee and Thieves Loot Venezuela’s Reeling Oil Giant," 14 June 2018 Though the building is faithful to the shipping container aesthetic, all of the units have slanted cut-outs, which, besides serving as very cool angular windows, create a chevron pattern that manifests across the building’s facade. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Striking apartment building is made up of 140 shipping containers," 12 Nov. 2018 The disinterested Shorenstein Center at Harvard give us a number of reports that 90 percent of the press coverage, this wasn't opinion journalism, was slanted anti-Trump. Fox News, "Kellyanne Conway: Not sure media is relevant, consequential," 3 Aug. 2018 The slanted desk in the living room is an antique that once belonged to an accountant at one of the royal palaces. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "House Tour: Inside The Rustic Indian Farmhouse Where A Jewel Scion Feels Most At Home," 12 Dec. 2017 In the time since, authorities have welded slanted roofs over such junction boxes to stop women from carrying out similar protests. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "Iran's politicians under pressure, 40 years after revolution," 24 Sep. 2018 But what if there’s a bigger problem than slanted coverage? Ted Rall, WSJ, "Venture Out of Your News Bubble," 17 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Draper’s frame slants at a slightly sharper angle, which gives it a striking shape. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Ultra-stylish tiny house comes with fold-down deck," 9 Nov. 2018 After the last touchdown, a five-yard slant to Jeffery in the end zone, Foles walked back to a receiving line of hugs from the coaching staff. Conor Orr,, "Nick Foles and the Eagles Achieved Something Spectacular—Downing the NFL's No. 1 Defense," 21 Jan. 2018 From the two-yard line with 25 seconds left and the Seahawks down four points, Carroll famously opted for a slant throw from quarterback Russell Wilson, which was then picked off by New England's Malcolm Butler. Nihal Kolur,, "Cliff Avril: Seahawks Began to Question Pete Carroll After Super Bowl XLIX," 27 May 2018 Walk your feet out, legs straight and core engaged, in a diagonal slant. Nicole Tsong, The Seattle Times, "For improved shoulder health, work yourself up to a pullup. Here’s how.," 15 Oct. 2018 Traders have mostly run the division since the early 2000s, a slant that some executives say contributed to a focus on protecting the firm’s own returns, a trader’s remit, at the expense of client service, the job of a salesman. Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "Goldman Sachs to Name New Trading Co-Head Amid Reboot," 5 Aug. 2018 And don't cut on a slant — clean up-and-down slices look best. Liz Borod, Good Housekeeping, "Follow These 8 Pro Tips to Carve the Perfect Pumpkin," 18 July 2018 Bolstering accusations of a pro-GOP slant was the fact that three key editors, Herb Klein, Gerald Warren and Peter Kaye, all worked as Nixon aides. Roger Showley,, ""A Faithful Mirror": The San Diego Union-Tribune's first 150 years," 15 Apr. 2018 The accounts, some of which gathered nearly 20,000 followers, didn’t purposely spread false news and instead shared credible local news stories without any particular slant. Fox News, "Russian troll farm created fake city newspaper Twitter accounts ... to spread real local stories: report," 13 July 2018

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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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 \
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


\ ˈslant \

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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