wide-an·​gle ˈwīd-ˈaŋ-gəl How to pronounce wide-angle (audio)
: having or covering an angle of view wider than the ordinary
used especially of lenses of shorter than normal focal length
: having, involving the use of, or relating to a wide-angle lens
a wide-angle shot

Examples of wide-angle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When the producers protested, Cimino put them off by showing some spectacular wide-angle shots — whatever the film’s flaws, Vilmos Zsigmond’s cinematography is jaw-dropping — and everybody retreated to their corners. Mark Athitakis, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2024 As part of his professional setup, Honda will have a third camera with a really wide-angle lens to try to get even more of the landscape, and a fourth camera around his neck, with a wide-angle zoom lens, to photograph the people around him and document their reactions. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 1 Apr. 2024 For those interested in taking photos of the eclipse with their smartphone, Krupp suggested shooting wide-angle views. Rong-Gong Lin Ii, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2024 Eclipse movie #1: totality Method: a smartphone perched on a tripod behind your group, in wide-angle 4K video mode. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 Throughout, Klinenberg’s mixture of closeup witness and broad-view sociology is engrossing, and reminds this reader of the late Howard S. Becker’s insistence that the best sociology is always, in the first instance, wide-angle reporting. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 Recorded video streamed smoothly on both the camera’s screen and in the app when connected via Wi-Fi, and the wide-angle lens displayed all three lanes while driving on the expressway. PCMAG, 31 Jan. 2024 What sets Soderbergh’s ghost story apart from any other is its incredible formal rigor; with continuous shots and wide-angle lenses, the camera never leaves the perspective of the spirit. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, 27 Jan. 2024 The rig was simple: a Sony Alpha camera on a tripod with a wide-angle lens, four sequential exposures of 30 seconds each, layered together in Photoshop. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 18 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of wide-angle was in 1865

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“Wide-angle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wide-angle. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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