\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Every reporter who reports on retail news can slant his or her story to favor a point of view. Walter Loeb, Forbes, 16 June 2022 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But Baker Mayfield went to the opposite side of the field, hitting a quick slant to Demetric Felton for an 22-yard gain and a first down, and the drive marched on. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 7 Nov. 2021 Just don't cut on a slant — clean up-and-down slices look best. Step 7. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 10 June 2022 Glover and Shade were defensive-minded coaches while Nix, the former Auburn quarterback, obviously had an offensive slant to his philosophy. al, 24 Mar. 2022 Frequently the stories have a confessional, almost therapeutic slant. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 21 Dec. 2021 With a writing team whose members may not always be privy to cultural norms, Watson was always able to chime in and provide feedback that would give a more accurate authentic slant to the language and communication used between parents and children. Essence, 25 Feb. 2022 There’s no ideological slant to the notion of sending voters money in an election year. Dominic Pino, National Review, 22 Feb. 2022 Through it all, there's a backbeat of criticism from progressives who fear the court's slant to the right since the Trump Administration. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 9 Feb. 2022 If the Will linebacker takes a step forward towards the run action, Tagovailoa pulls the ball down and possibly throws a quick slant to the split end receiver (Parker), or the route behind him, possibly a streaking speedster like Fuller. Omar Kelly,, 1 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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“Slant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for slant


\ 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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