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 slant (audio) \ adverb

Noun

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 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, "South Carolina man paints Venmo account on tornado-destroyed home, asks 'can you help'," 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, "The 2010s were a veritable golden age of opening credits in television," 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, ""Lipstick Nails" Prove Your Nail Shape Is Just as Important as Your Nail Art," 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, "The Oscars Audience Was Very Confused by Eminem's Surprise Performance," 10 Feb. 2020 As Ryan Grim, Aída Chávez, and Akela Lacy write at The Intercept, other questions had equally slanted presuppositions. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "Is the media about to have a conniption fit over Bernie Sanders?," 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, "Felicity Huffman starts serving prison time in college scam," 15 Oct. 2019 The video also reminds us that sports is often about mythmaking, but myths can be slanted. Paul Lukas, SI.com, "Uni Watch: Bears ’36 Throwbacks Shine Light on NFL’s Segregated Era," 27 Sep. 2019 Afternoon sun would stream and slant into our room and then, dusk would settle. BostonGlobe.com, "Why I still roast a turkey on Thanksgiving - The Boston Globe," 21 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When Vice President Spiro Agnew (under Richard Nixon) made speeches about a liberal news-media slant and a silent conservative majority, Esquire magazine poked fun at the speechless conservatives. Russell Pulliam, National Review, "The Bill Buckley of the Midwest," 6 Dec. 2020 Then the duo connected on a seven-yard screen and a four-yard slant to put the visitors in range for Robbie Gould‘s 42-yard walk-off field goal. Emmanuel Morgan Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Rams can’t stop 49ers’ Deebo Samuel from catching defense off guard," 29 Nov. 2020 Treylon Burks caught a 9-yard slant and Smith ran for 5 yards. Jason Yates, Arkansas Online, "Late LSU touchdown keeps Golden Boot away from Arkansas," 21 Nov. 2020 The 6-foot-2, 235-pound former high school quarterback from Gobles made his first career catch early in the third quarter, a 7-yard grab on third-and-6 slant from the slot that put MSU at the Iowa 2-yard line. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football's leaders, Antjuan Simmons, Rocky Lombardi, among walking wounded," 8 Nov. 2020 On the wild play lateral play, Vedral hit Jones on a short slant. Tom Canavan, Star Tribune, "Penix throws 3 TD passes, No. 17 Indiana tops Rutgers 37-21," 31 Oct. 2020 The Cowboys had a slant-and-go called for Amari Cooper in the fourth quarter. David Moore, Dallas News, "Cowboys QB Andy Dalton says he owes Amari Cooper after missing him on wide-open touchdown opportunity," 13 Dec. 2020 Nikko Remigio beat defensive back Deommodore Lenoir on a quick slant for a first down reception that all but sealed Cal’s 21-17 victory over No. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "Cal beats ranked Oregon for first victory, to keep longshot bowl hopes alive," 5 Dec. 2020 Trey Knox took a slant for 22 yards, then Burks caught a 14 yard pass. Arkansas Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, "Missouri upends Hogs 50-48 on last-second field goal," 5 Dec. 2020

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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The first known use of slant was in 1644

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Cite this Entry

“Slant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slant. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for slant

slant

verb
How to pronounce slant (audio)

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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