slant

verb
\ˈslant \
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

b : slash sense 4

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 \ adverb

Noun

slant adjective
slantways \ˈslant-ˌwāz \ adverb
slantwise \ˈslant-ˌwīz \ adverb or adjective
slanty \ˈslan-tē \ 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

Tight end Vernon Davis sealed off linebacker Terrell Suggs, who’d slanted inside from his spot on the right side of the defense. Peter King, SI.com, "Colin Kaepernick Does Not Care What You Think About His Tattoos," 23 July 2013 Opponents of gerrymandering had feared that the justices would conclude that partisan gerrymandering — slanting the makeup of congressional districts to favor a particular party — was none of the courts’ business. Barry C. Burden, Washington Post, "The Supreme Court decided not to decide Wisconsin’s gerrymandering case. But here’s why it will be back.," 19 June 2018 Cornerback Ronald Darby batted a throw intended for slanting receiver Mike Wallace to the ground. Jeff Mclane, Philly.com, "Eagles practice observations: Carson Wentz does more (again); Sidney Jones intercepts; De'Vante Bausby gets some looks," 29 May 2018 Martin and Ali Yurukoglu, meanwhile, found in a separate study that without Fox News’s slanted coverage, the Republican presidential candidate’s share of the two-party vote would have been 3.59 points lower in 2004 and 6.34 points lower in 2008. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "NFL owners are stifling speech, but it’s not called “no-platforming” when you’re rich and own the platform," 25 May 2018 On fourth down, backup quarterback Doug Elmore slanted off left tackle, where he was stopped by the middle linebacker — Dr. Cannon — and swarmed by the rest of the LSU defense to preserve the victory. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Billy Cannon, 1959 Heisman Trophy winner later convicted of counterfeiting, dies at 80," 23 May 2018 And sometimes data can be slanted by history, encoding trends and patterns that reflect centuries-old discrimination. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Unmasking A.I.'s Bias Problem," 25 June 2018 But the question was absurdly slanted in favor of the policy. David Roberts, Vox, "Big oil and Bush-era lobbyists are teaming up to support a carbon tax," 22 June 2018 If the study was sponsored by the pharmaceutical, supplement, or device industry that is peddling the product under review, the information may be slanted. David Becker, Philly.com, "Determining the real from the fake health news," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The quarterback added a little mustard to his next pass — a slant to Agholor – and the receiver made a splendid grab. Jeff Mclane, Philly.com, "Eagles practice observations: Sidney Jones held back with 'soreness;' Carson Wentz dials it up; Darren Sproles takes mental reps," 12 June 2018 For the occasion, Markle swapped out her slickly tailored separates—she’s shown a preference for suiting by Alexander McQueen, jackets from Aritzia, and jeans by Mother Denim—for a nautical-inspired slant on Sloane Ranger style. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Meghan Markle Gives Sloane Ranger Style a Go," 18 Apr. 2018 The fact that its storylines often coincided with the news cycle made the prospect of escape from Gilead the only slant of light in the gloom. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "A Maddening Season Finale for The Handmaid’s Tale," 11 July 2018 The blue room has two small areas under the slant of the roof, which otherwise would have been attic space. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Hot Property: This six-bedroom home in Carmel's West Clay could be yours for $950,000," 6 July 2018 His realistic portraits meticulously re-create such details as the dimple on Emmi’s chin and the precise slant of OnlyOne’s eyebrows. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Art exhibit in Pigtown humanizes female sex workers and drug addicts," 6 July 2018 That gives Philly a unique angle (or a new slant?) in their conversations with LeBron. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "LeBron James, Free Agency and the Biggest NBA Offseason Questions," 11 June 2018 On top of all this is the pronounced female slant (something obviously planned many years ago but utterly in step with modern currents): The story puts Elastigirl front and center, with adolescent daughter Violet beginning to spread her wings. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Incredibles 2': Film Review," 11 June 2018 On the play, Thomas ran a slant while Rhodes covered him. Michael Democker, NOLA.com, "Saints Marshon Lattimore on the Vikings' game-winning touchdown: video," 15 Jan. 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

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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Dictionary Entries near slant

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The first known use of slant was in 1644

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More Definitions for slant

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 \
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 \

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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