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slant

verb \ ˈslant \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of slant

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

slantingly

play \ˈslan-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of slant in a Sentence

  1. The sunlight slanted down through the leaves and branches of the trees.

  2. She slanted her hat a little to the right.

  3. They deliberately slanted the story to make themselves look good.

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Origin and Etymology of 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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slant

noun

Definition of slant

1 :a slanting direction, line, or plane :slope
2 a :something that slants
b :slash 4
c :a football running play in which the ballcarrier runs obliquely toward the line of scrimmage
3 a :a peculiar or personal point of view, attitude, or opinion
b :a slanting view :glance

slant

adjective

slantways

play \ˈslant-ˌwāz\ adverb

slantwise

play \ˈslant-ˌwīz\ adverb or adjective

slanty

play \ˈslan-tē\ adjective

Examples of slant in a Sentence

  1. The computer keyboard is positioned at a slant so that typing is more comfortable for the wrists.

  2. He sliced the carrots on a slant.

Recent Examples of slant from the Web

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First Known Use of slant

1655


SLANT Defined for English Language Learners

slant

verb

Definition of slant for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


slant

noun

Definition of slant for English Language Learners

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

  • : a way of thinking about, describing, or discussing something


SLANT Defined for Kids

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slant

verb \ ˈslant \

Definition of slant for Students

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

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slant

noun

Definition of slant for Students

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

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slant

adjective

Definition of slant for Students

:not level or straight up and down

Medical Dictionary

slant

noun \ 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 2a


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