angle

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noun (1)

an·​gle ˈaŋ-gəl How to pronounce angle (audio)
1
: a corner whether constituting a projecting part or a partially enclosed space
They sheltered in an angle of the building.
2
a
: the figure formed by two lines extending from the same point
b
: a measure of an angle or of the amount of turning necessary to bring one line or plane into coincidence with or parallel to another
3
a
: the direction from which someone or something is approached
soldiers being attacked from every angle
a football player trying to get an angle on an opponent [=approach an opponent from an effective angle]
b
: the precise viewpoint from which something is observed or considered
a camera angle
consider the question from all angles
also : the aspect seen from such an angle
discuss all angles of the question
c(1)
: a special approach, point of attack, or technique for accomplishing an objective
try a new angle
(2)
: an often improper or illicit method of obtaining advantage
a salesman always looking for an angle
4
: a sharply divergent course
The road went off at an angle.
angled adjective

angle

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verb (1)

angled; angling ˈaŋ-g(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce angle (audio)

intransitive verb

: to turn or proceed at an angle
The road angles up the hill.

transitive verb

1
: to turn, move, or direct at an angle
slipped the key in and angled it to one side
2
: to present (something, such as a news story) from a particular or prejudiced point of view : slant
angled stories toward the newspaper's political preferences

angle

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verb (2)

angled; angling

intransitive verb

1
: to fish with a hook
2
: to use artful means to attain an objective
angled for an invitation

Angle

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noun (2)

An·​gle ˈaŋ-gəl How to pronounce Angle (audio)
: a member of a Germanic people that invaded England along with the Saxons and Jutes in the fifth century a.d. and merged with them to form the Anglo-Saxon peoples

Example Sentences

Noun (1) The lines are at sharp angles to each other. Critics love the clever camera angles the director used in the film. She took pictures of the same scene from several different angles. The soldiers were being attacked from every angle. We need to approach the problem from a new angle. They considered the question from all angles. The reporter tried to work that angle into his story. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Then Asano, who plays for Bochum, sprinted clear of Nico Schlotterbeck and beat Neuer from a narrow angle in the 83rd minute of the first competitive meeting between the two nations. Ciaran Fahey, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Nov. 2022 Sometimes, however, the straight-up tour footage speaks for itself — not least in shots, much favoured by Rosi and Federico, that follow His Holiness from a high angle as the Popemobile cuts a serene white path through vast, fawning crowds. Guy Lodge, Variety, 15 Nov. 2022 Balakrishnan and his two cofounders approached the carbon footprint challenge from a different angle by focusing on helping companies choose which emissions-cutting actions to take. Byian Mount, Fortune, 8 Nov. 2022 This is still The White Lotus, just prodding the privileged from a new angle. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 31 Oct. 2022 San Diego’s struggled to lift the ball against the right-hander, as the team has an average launch angle of just 7.1 degrees. Michael Arinze, Chicago Tribune, 18 Oct. 2022 Guerrero has seen his average launch angle plunge back to pre-2021 levels, and Bichette has seen his already shaky plate discipline worsen. Tony Blengino, Forbes, 11 Aug. 2022 And as someone who's bounced around for the majority of his career, to be able to point to some stellar work with the glove and now as someone who can drive the ball over the fence more consistently in the launch-angle era is certainly gratifying. Todd Rosiak, Journal Sentinel, 2 July 2022 The homer – Story’s 12th of the season and 170th of his career – had both the highest exit velocity and lowest launch angle of any roundtripper of his career. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 29 June 2022
Verb
Jihad Ward will drop into coverage and defensive tackle Nick Williams will angle outside to C-gap and contain on that side. Lance Reisland, cleveland, 22 Oct. 2022 On some snaps, players would angle their feet perpendicular to the line of scrimmage, waiting to pass off a cutting receiver. Nick Alvarez | Nalvarez@al.com, al, 17 Oct. 2022 Hard lines in the legs angle out from the sectional, but those same lines soften and curve along the back into the seat. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Sep. 2022 Each barrel attachment can be toggled to angle the direction of the curl (either toward or away from your face). Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, 15 Sep. 2022 All the while figuring out if it’s coming off the wall, how to angle yourself. Fox News, 9 Aug. 2022 To get the two hooks in place over the opening, McGuire used her foot to angle the cover, putting one side in place, then the other. Alexander Thompson, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Aug. 2022 That architectural feature is Sea to Summit’s new Tension Ridge technology, a system that allows the tent’s brow pole to angle upward at its ends, rather than down. Andrew Weaver, Outside Online, 27 Oct. 2020 The lugs are broad and angle downward at the tips, where the bracelet attaches. Matthew Catellier, Forbes, 18 July 2022
Verb
On some snaps, players would angle their feet perpendicular to the line of scrimmage, waiting to pass off a cutting receiver. Nick Alvarez | Nalvarez@al.com, al, 17 Oct. 2022 Heidi Klum stretches out on the floor, prone on a red carpet that’s actually blue while photographers angle for their shots. WIRED, 4 Nov. 2022 Jihad Ward will drop into coverage and defensive tackle Nick Williams will angle outside to C-gap and contain on that side. Lance Reisland, cleveland, 22 Oct. 2022 Each barrel attachment can be toggled to angle the direction of the curl (either toward or away from your face). Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, 15 Sep. 2022 Chaudhry argued that Breest falsely claimed rape to angle for a payout. Jennifer Peltz, ajc, 19 Oct. 2022 Hard lines in the legs angle out from the sectional, but those same lines soften and curve along the back into the seat. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Sep. 2022 That architectural feature is Sea to Summit’s new Tension Ridge technology, a system that allows the tent’s brow pole to angle upward at its ends, rather than down. Andrew Weaver, Outside Online, 27 Oct. 2020 To get the two hooks in place over the opening, McGuire used her foot to angle the cover, putting one side in place, then the other. Alexander Thompson, BostonGlobe.com, 10 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English, "corner, recess, two lines extending from the same point," borrowed from Anglo-French angle, aungle, going back to Latin angulus "two lines extending from the same point, corner, nook," going back to Indo-European *h2eng-lo-, *h2eng-elo-, whence also Old Church Slavic ǫgŭlŭ "corner, angle," Russian úgol, genitive uglá, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian ȕgao, ȕgla, Armenian ankiwn, and perhaps Germanic *ankula-, *ankila- ankle

Verb (1)

Middle English anglen "to meet at an angle," derivative of angle angle entry 1

Verb (2)

Middle English anglen, derivative of angel "fishhook," going back to Old English angel, ongel, going back to Germanic *angula- "hook, barb" (whence also Old Saxon angul "fishhook," Old High German, "hook, barb," Old Norse ǫngull "fishhook"), going back to Indo-European *h2enk-ul-ó-, derivative, perhaps diminutive, of a base *h2enk- seen also in the n-stem noun *h2enk-ón- (whence Old English anga "prick, goad," Old High German ango "sting, barb, door hinge," Greek ankṓn "bend, elbow"), suffixed in Greek ankýlos "bent, crooked, curved," and as an o-grade derivative in Greek ónkos "barb of an arrow," Latin uncus "curved at the extremities, hooked, a hook," and probably Sanskrit aṅkáḥ "curve, hook"; *h2enk- perhaps attested as a primary verb in Sanskrit áñcati, ácati "(it) bends, curves"

Note: Indo-European *h2enk- appears to be synonymous with the base *h2eng- —see angle entry 1, ankle.

Noun (2)

Latin Angli, plural, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English Engle Angles

First Known Use

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of angle was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near angle

Cite this Entry

“Angle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/angle. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

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noun

an·​gle ˈaŋ-gəl How to pronounce angle (audio)
1
: a sharp projecting corner
2
: the figure formed by two lines extending from the same point
3
: a measure of the amount that one line of an angle would have to be turned to be in exactly the same place as the other line
a 90-degree angle
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: point of view, aspect
consider a problem from a new angle
5
: an often improper way of getting an advantage
a cheater looking for an angle
6
: a sharply curving course or direction
the road went off at an angle
angled adjective

angle

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verb

angled; angling -g(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce angle (audio)
1
: to turn, move, or direct at an angle
2
: to present (as a news story) from a particular point of view : slant

angle

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verb

angled; angling -g(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce angle (audio)
1
: to fish with hook and line
2
: to try to get what one wants in a sly way
angling for a promotion

Medical Definition

angle

noun

an·​gle ˈaŋ-gəl How to pronounce angle (audio)
1
: a corner whether constituting a projecting part or a partially enclosed space
2
a
: the figure formed by two lines extending from the same point
b
: a measure of an angle or of the amount of turning necessary to bring one line or plane into coincidence with or parallel to another
angled adjective

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