\ 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

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 My right leg stretches, slanting upwards before me, like the side of the hill, the summit of which is my toes. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "The Pleasure and Pain of Being Cole Porter," 13 Jan. 2020 Outfitted with pipes that slant downward toward the front of the wall, the weep holes would allow water to drip out beyond the face of the brick. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, "What to do about white stains on a brick berm over a fishpond," 16 Dec. 2019 See the truck’s fine, narrow D-pillar, the slanted back stand that supports the roof? Wired, "Why the Tesla Cybertruck Looks So Weird," 23 Nov. 2019 The thick, slanting walls were constructed decades previous to deflect blasts from Iran. Tamara Qiblawi, Arwa Damon And Brice Laine, CNN, "US troops sheltered in Saddam-era bunkers during Iran missile attack," 13 Jan. 2020 Um-Helat is outwardly utopian, too, and Jemisin paints just as vivid a picture: The slanting afternoon sun stretches golden over the city, reflected light sparkling along its mica-flecked walls and laser-faceted embossings. Jason Kehe, Wired, "The 20 Best Books of a Decade That Unmade Genre Fiction," 29 Dec. 2019 Then Mayfield hesitated on a first-down throw to a slanting Odell Beckham Jr. On the next play, Kitchens called a similar concept to open Beckham on another quick slant. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "Were Baker Mayfield’s three interceptions on Sunday his fault? -- Film Review," 16 Oct. 2019 Erdmann noted Minnesota’s scheme — with its run-pass options and slant-heavy concepts — fit perfectly with Mann’s skill set. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "National Signing Day: Jonathan Mann’s bet on P.J. Fleck and Minnesota paid off in a big way," 18 Dec. 2019 As other country artists are experimenting with electronic sounds, hip-hop rhythms, Americana slanted country; Combs just produces 1990’s influenced, straight-ahead country music, with a voice that commands attention. Jim Asker, Billboard, "The Year in Country Charts 2019: Luke Combs Is Top Artist, Nabs Top Album," 5 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Harvest Cut broccoli heads at a slant so rain and overhead watering won’t settle in the stem hole and rot the entire plant. Thad Orr, Sunset Magazine, "Your Essential Winter Gardening To-Do List," 10 Feb. 2020 In the divisional round against the Vikings, Garoppolo tried to throw a slant pass over the middle, and threw it right into the belly of linebacker Eric Kendricks, whom Garoppolo presumably didn’t see. Ben Volin,, "Film study: 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo is far more than a game manager," 27 Jan. 2020 Ways to combat the Chiefs’ blitzes include screen game, quick slants and trick plays. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos quarterback Drew Lock’s next challenge is variety of Chiefs pressure looks," 11 Dec. 2019 Fringale opened in 1991 to rave reviews for its French bistro fare with a Basque slant and was heralded as a pioneer of the SoMa District long before a ballpark and many condo buildings arrived. Janelle Bitker,, "San Francisco French restaurant Fringale to close after 28 years," 13 Jan. 2020 Breitbart is a right-wing news and commentary site that covers news events often with a conservative slant. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, "Beto O’Rourke staffers removed a Breitbart writer from speaking event," 6 Aug. 2019 That same year Sarandos also signed a multi-year production deal with Barack and Michelle Obama's Higher Ground Productions, leading some to question whether Netflix was adopting a liberal slant. Aimee Rawlins For Cnn Business, CNN, "How Netflix led the way on abortion rights in Hollywood," 16 Oct. 2019 So Mayfield looked for … KhaDarel Hodge on a slant. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Browns fall flat in critical moments vs. Ravens: Quick Thoughts," 22 Dec. 2019 Turtle excluder devices have metal bars set 4 inches (10 centimeters) apart on a vertical slant to deflect anything bigger to an opening at the top of the net. Washington Post, "Plan to save sea turtles from shrimp boats scaled way back," 19 Dec. 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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The first known use of slant was in 1644

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6 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Slant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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


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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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