\ 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

The touchdown was unconventional in that an official screened Vanderbilt defenders from Moore, who caught the ball and slanted away from them to complete the 34-yard play. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "More Moore — that's how Purdue pulled away from Vanderbilt," 7 Sep. 2019 The importance of this approach is emphasized by the fact that some of the most effective special interests, such as the American Hospital Association, influence politicians primarily through slanted research, not financial contributions. Joe Lonsdale, National Review, "Regulating Speech Won’t Fix Our Politics," 12 Aug. 2019 From the street, the Isaacses’ home looks like a green lawn with skylights poking out of the grass, and a subway-like tunnel slanting downhill. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Inside the quirky underground house that lies beneath lawn skylights in Anchorage," 11 Aug. 2019 Given the part of the skull that was affected, the shape of the depression and slanted direction of the blow, the researchers ruled out falling cave debris. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Paleolithic cold case file: Was this man murdered 33,000 years ago?," 3 July 2019 In 2011, with the help of the iron steelworkers union and other community support, a pair of jagged steel beams from the North Tower were installed beside the garden, slanted upward toward the heavens. Annie Gentile,, "Enfield Remembers 9/11," 12 Sep. 2019 Free agency coverage is always slanted toward the team. Rohan Nadkarni,, "NBA Free Agency Winners and Losers: Sign-and-Trades, Celtics Haters and More," 2 July 2019 And, the people at the synagogue tell us, still others see that the flames, slanting forward, represent a hopeful and far-reaching vision., "University Heights Fall Fest set for Oct. 6; Democracy Day is Sept. 9 in Shaker Heights; more: Press Run," 30 Aug. 2019 Demonstrations, including a big one this week by Uber and Lyft drivers who want to become payroll employees, op-ed pieces, slanted academic studies and high-powered lobbyists are among the tools being used. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, "Walters: California legislators mull the future of work," 29 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Johnson, who threw for 2,618 yards and 25 touchdowns last season, finished 10-of-34 for 85 yards and one touchdown on a three-yard slant to junior tight end Bryson Chambers on the first play of the fourth quarter. Mark Schmetzer,, "Cincinnati, Ohio, high school football: Princeton Vikings wallop Milford Eagles, 38-7," 30 Aug. 2019 Kody Epps caught a one-yard touchdown pass on a slant, Kyron Ware-Hudson made a 15-yard scoring catch and Cristian Dixon had an eight-yard touchdown catch. Los Angeles Times, "Mater Dei routs Centennial in season opener," 23 Aug. 2019 That is blatant discrimination based on the slant of a speaker’s ideas. S.m. | New York, The Economist, "The Supreme Court strikes down a bar on offensive trademarks," 25 June 2019 But even at its worst, the paper’s food coverage of Mexicans was a refuge of positivity in a publication long notorious for its historical anti-Mexican slant. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, "For over 137 years, no newspaper has covered Mexican food better than the L.A. Times," 17 Sep. 2019 That blocking play on first down is just as important as that slant on third down. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers’ Deebo Samuel ‘doesn’t mind you calling him out in front of team’," 12 Sep. 2019 Chris Autman-Bell ran a slant-and-go route to the corner of the end zone and Morgan threw a perfect pass. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Antoine Winfield deja vu: This time, Gophers top Fresno State 38-35 in 2 OT thriller," 8 Sep. 2019 And that slot receiver has two favorite routes — the slant and the vertical. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's defense is counting on Brad Hawkins at safety," 30 Aug. 2019 Miller tied the score at 20 by hitting a slant to Dane Brenton on the ensuing two-point conversion. Daily Pilot, "Marina football rallies to win opener at Laguna Hills," 23 Aug. 2019

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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