angle

1
[ ang-guh l ]
/ ˈæŋ gəl /

noun

verb (used with object), an·gled, an·gling.

verb (used without object), an·gled, an·gling.

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

    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.

Origin of angle

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1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin angulus, of unclear orig.
Can be confusedangel angle

Definition for angle (2 of 3)

angle

2
[ ang-guh l ]
/ ˈæŋ gəl /

verb (used without object), an·gled, an·gling.

to fish with hook and line.
to attempt to get something by sly or artful means; fish: to angle for a compliment.

noun

Archaic. a fishhook or fishing tackle.

Origin of angle

2
before 900; Middle English v. angelen, noun angel, angul, Old English angel, angul; cognate with Frisian, Dutch angel, Old Saxon, Old High German angul (> German Angel), Old Norse ǫngull; Greek ankýlos bent, Sanskrit ankuśá- hook; akin to Old English anga, Old High German ango, Latin uncus, Greek ónkos hook; relation, if any, to Latin angulus angle1 not clear

Definition for angle (3 of 3)

Angle

[ ang-guh l ]
/ ˈæŋ gəl /

noun

a member of a West Germanic people that migrated from Sleswick 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.

Origin of Angle

< Old English Angle plural (variant of Engle) tribal name of disputed orig.; perhaps akin to angle2 if meaning was fisher folk, coastal dwellers
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British Dictionary definitions for angle (1 of 3)

angle

1
/ (ˈæŋɡəl) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for angle

C14: from French, from Old Latin angulus corner

British Dictionary definitions for angle (2 of 3)

angle

2
/ (ˈæŋɡəl) /

verb (intr)

to fish with a hook and line
(often foll by for) to attempt to gethe angled for a compliment

noun

obsolete any piece of fishing tackle, esp a hook

Word Origin for angle

Old English angul fish-hook; related to Old High German ango, Latin uncus, Greek onkos

British Dictionary definitions for angle (3 of 3)

Angle

/ (ˈæŋɡəl) /

noun

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

Word Origin for Angle

from Latin Anglus, from Germanic (compare English), an inhabitant of Angul, a district in Schleswig (now Angeln), a name identical with Old English angul hook, angle ², referring to its shape
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Medicine definitions for angle

angle

[ ănggəl ]

n.

The figure or space formed by the junction of two lines or planes.
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Science definitions for angle

angle

[ ănggəl ]

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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