the space within two lines or three or more planes diverging from a common point, or within two planes diverging from a common line.
the figure so formed.
the amount of rotation needed to bring one line or plane into coincidence with another, generally measured in radians or in degrees, minutes, and seconds, as in 12° 10prime; 30″, which is read as 12 degrees, 10 minutes, and 30 seconds.
an angular projection; a projecting corner: the angles of a building.
a viewpoint; standpoint: He looked at the problem only from his own angle.
the point of view from which copy is written, especially when the copy is intended to interest a particular audience: The financial editor added a supplementary article from the investor's angle.
one aspect of an event, problem, subject, etc.: The accountant emphasized the tax angle of the leasing arrangement.
Movies, Photography. angle shot.
Informal. a secret motive: She's been too friendly lately—what's her angle?
Astrology. any of the four interceptions of the equatorial circle by the two basic axes, the horizon and the meridian: commonly identified by the compass directions.
to move or bend in an angle.
to set, fix, direct, or adjust at an angle: to angle a spotlight.
to turn sharply in a different direction: The road angles to the right.
to move or go in angles or at an angle: The trout angled downstream.
Idioms about angle
play the angles, Slang. to use every available means to reach one's goal: A second-rate talent can survive only by playing all the angles.
- angel, angle
Other definitions for angle (2 of 3)
to fish with hook and line.
to attempt to get something by sly or artful means; fish: to angle for a compliment.
Archaic. a fishhook or fishing tackle.
Other definitions for Angle (3 of 3)
a member of a West Germanic people that migrated from Schleswig to Britain in the 5th century a.d. and founded the kingdoms of East Anglia, Mercia, and Northumbria. As early as the 6th century their name was extended to all the Germanic inhabitants of Britain.
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How to use angle in a sentence
He grasps the phone in his capable hand, outstretches his long arm toward the ceiling, and angles it down just so.The Ugly Truth About Cory Booker, New Jersey’s Golden Boy | Olivia Nuzzi | October 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
We try to look at sex from a multitude of angles and this is just one of those angles.A Bouncy House of Boobs, A Quest for the G-Spot, and More Erotic Fun at the Carnival of Sex | Justin Jones | June 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
No second takes, no editing tricks, no clever camera angles.Lindsay Lohan May Star in a West End Play. Is She Crazy? | Kevin Fallon | June 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This chicken features a thin, abundant crust with so many facets and angles you want to call it rococo.Charlottesville Is Swimming in Finger Lickin’ Gas Station Fried Chicken | Jane & Michael Stern | May 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It required new angles, or, heaven forbid, new facts, to make it interesting—whereas Barack Obama was a story that wrote itself.Don’t Run for President, Hillary. Become a ‘Post-President’ Instead | Tina Brown | May 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The tower has four clock faces, pinnacles at the angles, and a steep slate roof and is 120 feet high.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
Not far from it was placed a tea-table, close to a big sofa which stood out at right angles from the wall.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
The road had been built for bringing down lumber, and for six miles it was at perilous angles.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
Four stairs from the bottom it turns round at right angles and deposits you fairly in the hall.First Plays | A. A. Milne
You see, a Frenchman and an Englishman or an American, view marriage from entirely different angles.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for angle (1 of 3)
the space between two straight lines that diverge from a common point or between two planes that extend from a common line
the shape formed by two such lines or planes
the extent to which one such line or plane diverges from another, measured in degrees or radians
an angular projection or recess; corner
standpoint; point of view: look at the question from another angle; the angle of a newspaper article
informal a selfish or devious motive or purpose
See angle iron
to move in or bend into angles or an angle
(tr) to produce (an article, statement, etc) with a particular point of view
(tr) to present, direct, or place at an angle
(intr) to turn or bend in a different direction: the path angled sharply to the left
British Dictionary definitions for angle (2 of 3)
to fish with a hook and line
(often foll by for) to attempt to get: he angled for a compliment
obsolete any piece of fishing tackle, esp a hook
British Dictionary definitions for Angle (3 of 3)
a member of a West Germanic people from N Germany who invaded and settled large parts of E and N England in the 5th and 6th centuries a.d
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Scientific definitions for angle
A geometric figure formed by two lines that begin at a common point or by two planes that begin at a common line.
The space between such lines or planes, measured in degrees. See also acute angle obtuse angle right angle.
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