\ 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


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

Hinton's defensive line got caught slanting away from the ball. Nicholas Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football: Freshman Chris Hinton a natural defensive tackle," 19 June 2019 Many beaches are slanted in the area between the soft, dry sand and the wet sand closer to the water. Amy Marturana, SELF, "5 Things to Know Before Working Out on the Beach," 6 Apr. 2019 Sideways: On the vertiginous Glacier Express, wine glasses feature slanted stems to prevent spills on the steep gradients. National Geographic, "Fun Facts About the Swiss and Italian Alps," 26 Mar. 2019 Those slanting forms, not yet snowflakes, barely grazing the foreheads of strangers. Han Kang, Harper's magazine, "White Out," 10 Feb. 2019 The portion of the painting in question is covered with fine cracks in shades of brown, very similar to the paint used for the letters themselves, with many cracks slanted in directions similar to the strokes of the letters. Quanta Magazine, "Using Mathematics to Repair a Masterpiece," 29 Sep. 2016 The striking slanted roof also gives the space a more spacious feel. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "The 7 most impressive prefab homes from 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 Known for his take on Southern food at Hart & the Hunter, the restaurant inside the Palihotel on Melrose Avenue, Tominaga will put his own spin on Manuela's menu, which also slants Southern. Jenn Harris,, "Bestia chefs to open Bavel Middle Eastern restaurant in downtown L.A. on Friday," 17 Apr. 2018 Inside, a woodstove glows in the dim light, and a couple lounges on benches, absorbed in their books as the late afternoon light slants through the windows. Daniel Otis, Sunset, "Awe-Inspiring Canadian Rockies Camping Adventure," 22 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Meghan, who went a bit edgy for her first Trooping the Colour (edgy for royal standards, anyways), donned an off-the-shoulder look with large off-center buttons, which was offset by the slant of her hat to the opposite side. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Melania Trump Channels Meghan Markle in Her Latest Hair Accessory," 7 June 2019 Factually inaccurate sources also tend to have strong left- or right-wing slants. The Economist, "Google rewards reputable reporting more than left-wing politics," 8 June 2019 The slant route that got away was about another 20. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Six takeaways from Pete Carroll’s radio show: On the time outs called and not called, the penalties, Russell Wilson’s running and more," 8 Oct. 2018 What makes Fox News successful doesn’t have anything to do with the way its anchors report the news — and everything to do with the way the network’s inherent slant creates a cozy bubble for its core audience of older, white conservatives. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Domestic terrorism is on the rise. Why won’t cable news networks say so?," 29 Oct. 2018 Bob Booth Special to the Star-Telegram Incoming senior quarterback Will Bowers and running back T.J. McDaniel were the first to score when the two connected on a short slant. Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "Riley Dodge ready to blaze own trail as Southlake Carroll head coach | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 24 May 2018 Photo: Musée du Louvre, Paris, Département des Peinture The director of the organization that manages the Doges’ Palace and the other museums in Venice that come under its city council puts yet another slant on the show. John Hooper, WSJ, "Splendor on the Canals: Tintoretto on View in Venice," 31 Aug. 2018 Taking cues from menswear—but with a girlish slant—were French First Lady Brigitte Macron, Emily Ratajkowski, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, all of whom offset skinny jeans and minidresses with masculine blazers. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "These Celebs Nailed the Art of Airport Style This Year," 28 Nov. 2018 As for what this reveals about the royal couple's relationship, Dresbold believes the fact that the same way their handwriting slants is a huge clue. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Prince Charles's Handwriting Reveals So Much About His Marriage With Camilla Parker Bowles," 27 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 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


\ ˈslant How to pronounce slant (audio) \

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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