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[uh-slant, uh-slahnt] /əˈslænt, əˈslɑnt/
at a slant; slantingly; obliquely.
slanting or on a slant; oblique.
slantingly across; athwart.
Origin of aslant
1250-1300; Middle English on slont, on slent on slope, at a slant Unabridged
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  • In place-names it may generally be translated by 'sloping' or 'aslant;' sometimes by 'awry' or 'tortuous.'

  • They eyed him aslant as they worked, for visitors were rare occurrences.

  • So these quartzites are aslant, and though of great geologic thickness, they make but 800 feet of the wall.

  • aslant the face, with gratuitous blasphemy, the crown of thorns was tilted.

    The Glory of the Trenches Coningsby Dawson
  • He cocked his head, and eyed me aslant, the suspicion in his eyes confirming the existence of the mystery I scented.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • The sun's rays, while striking us aslant, furnished tranquil warmth.

    The Smoky God Willis George Emerson
  • The ink was faded and brown and the name almost illegible so that he had to turn it aslant to follow the faint tracery.

    Snowdrift James B. Hendryx
  • The walls themselves were aslant under a dizzy careening to starboard.

    The Portal of Dreams Charles Neville Buck
  • The pale winter sunlight was stealing in aslant through the low windows.

British Dictionary definitions for aslant


at a slant
at a slant across or athwart
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for aslant

early 14c., o-slant, literally "on slant," from on + slant (v.). As a preposition from c.1600.

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