slant

verb
\ 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

slant

noun

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

Verb

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

Noun

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

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

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, latimes.com, "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 Marinelli is an advocate for gap-exchanging, with defensive lineman stunting and slanting into different gaps after the snap. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "Draft Needs: Finding the Right Fits for New Defensive Coordinators," 18 Apr. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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, SI.com, "Nick Foles and the Eagles Achieved Something Spectacular—Downing the NFL's No. 1 Defense," 21 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of slant

Verb

1644, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1655, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for slant

Verb

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

verb

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.

slant

noun

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

slant

verb
\ 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

slant

noun

Kids Definition of slant (Entry 2 of 3)

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

slant

adjective

Kids Definition of slant (Entry 3 of 3)

: not level or straight up and down

slant

noun
\ 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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