slant

1 of 2

verb

slanted; slanting; slants

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 adverb

slant

2 of 2

noun

1
: a slanting direction, line, or plane : slope
2
a
: something that slants
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 adverb
slantwise adverb or adjective
slanty 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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Next: slanting notes of guitar, reverberating with an ache. Sophie Yun Mancini, Condé Nast Traveler, 26 Mar. 2024 Hoskins said the city law is slanted toward tenants and should be more balanced. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Feb. 2024 For generations, its window frames had slanted sideways and its walls seemed to tilt at a near gravity-defying angle, delighting both patrons and passers-by. Megan Specia, New York Times, 27 Feb. 2024 The trend line isn’t slanting upward as sharply as many had predicted so the industry is lowering future estimates. Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN, 25 Feb. 2024 Green and his co-screenwriters stick to rise-to-fame, behind-the-scenes formulas (including Island Records founder Chris Blackwell sponsoring Marley’s recording career), here slanted into the social-justice pretense so popular in Hollywood now. Armond White, National Review, 16 Feb. 2024 The deep, flattened body draws to a blunt head, with a relatively small mouth slanting downward, but not reaching as far back as the eyes. David A. Brown, Field & Stream, 11 Jan. 2024 With trillions of dollars from the 2017 Trump tax cuts set to expire, taxes also represent an active policy fight with Republicans on Capitol Hill, and large majorities of voters believe that tax law was slanted toward the rich and wealthy. Jeff Stein, Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2024 Tight end Donald Parham was asked to head off off slanting end Jonathan Bullard. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Sep. 2023
Noun
As Schwartz and Mathews write: Back then, the company’s anti-corporate slant and grassroots spirit had lured celebrity investors and helped shape the early New York tech scene. Byallie Garfinkle, Fortune, 12 Mar. 2024 The commission gets around $2 million for staffing and expenses, but state political parties sometimes step in to cover expenses for studies or other activities that have a partisan slant. Marilyn W. Thompson, ProPublica, 18 Jan. 2024 The crowd under the retractable roof on a frigid day in the Dallas area had already been stone-cold silenced when Prescott tried to throw a slant to top receiver CeeDee Lamb. Schuyler Dixon, USA TODAY, 15 Jan. 2024 His love for music and rock also helped bring a unique slant to the looks. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 11 Mar. 2024 Quick slants With the playoffs looming, Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay wasn't feel very secure about his kicking situation. USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024 Rosenthal’s translation draws out these poems’ shades of melancholy and whimsy, along with the slant and irregular rhymes that contribute to their uncanny humor. The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 On third-and-3, Nick Mullens tried to find Brandon Powell on a slant passed the sticks, but the pass was too low to be caught. Jared Ramsey, Detroit Free Press, 7 Jan. 2024 During individual drills, Trader made a remarkable one-handed catch on a hard slant from Cam Ward. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 8 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

1644, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of slant was in 1644

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Cite this Entry

“Slant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slant. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

slant

1 of 2 verb
1
: to turn or incline from a straight line or a level : slope
2
: to interpret or present according to a special viewpoint

slant

2 of 2 noun
1
: a slanting direction, line, or plane : slope
2
: something that slants
3
: a way of looking at something
get a new slant on the problem
slant adjective
slanty adjective

Medical Definition

slant

noun
: 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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