\ 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

Other Words from slant


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


slant adjective
slantways \ ˈslant-​ˌwāz How to pronounce slant (audio) \ adverb
slantwise \ ˈslant-​ˌwīz How to pronounce slant (audio) \ adverb or adjective
slanty \ ˈslan-​tē How to pronounce slant (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 Diagonal wings slant down from the sides of the passenger compartment to the sides of the cargo bed. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 5 Jan. 2022 In grade school, kids would make fun of the authentic meals her mother packed lovingly for her, or use their fingers to slant their eyelids. Liz Hardaway, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Mar. 2021 With the house now slanted on its base and not repairable, Patterson told WYFF News 4 his family does not have insurance to cover the damage from the storm. Fox News, 26 Apr. 2020 The idea to use a marble came from a scene in the pilot, in which Holmes uses a marble to determine a building’s floor is slanted. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 30 Dec. 2019 Eun Kyung Park, the shape's inventor, gives the classic black manicure an edge — literally — with her signature long and slanted tips. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, 21 Feb. 2020 Though this year's Oscar winners have slanted toward the , the night's performances have been refreshingly unpredictable. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 Feb. 2020 As Ryan Grim, Aída Chávez, and Akela Lacy write at The Intercept, other questions had equally slanted presuppositions. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, 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, 15 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The pass to Claypool was a beauty, a quick dart on a slant in which Roethlisberger quickly shifted his feet and threw an accurate pass. Mike Preston,, 9 Jan. 2022 With 3:45 left, Bush passed off his coverage on tight end Evan Engram and jumped a quick slant from Glennon to receiver Pharoh Cooper. Dan Wiederer,, 4 Jan. 2022 There’s a historical slant to Sacred Heart Cathedral’s quest for a state football championship. Mitch Stephens, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Dec. 2021 But on 3rd-and-2, Hurts tried for a quick slant that was broken up. Martin Frank, USA TODAY, 29 Nov. 2021 Waddle, the No. 6 pick in April, and his former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa connected on a deep slant that, with the yards after the catch, resulted in a career-long 57-yard reception for him. David Furones,, 29 Nov. 2021 The gesture for China was pulling back the sides of their eyes into a slant. Washington Post, 29 Nov. 2021 Nichols, running a slant inside, beat the Trojan defender to the 50-50 ball and shook him off, rambling into the end zone untouched to make it 14-0 on the first play of the second quarter. Wright Wilson, Detroit Free Press, 26 Nov. 2021 Evan Brown delivered the night’s biggest defensive play, making a perfect read on a quick slant throw by Opelika quarterback Roman Gagliano. al, 19 Nov. 2021

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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 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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