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[ slant, slahnt ]

verb (used without object)

  1. to veer or angle away from a given level or line, especially from a horizontal; slope.

    Synonyms: incline, lean

  2. to have or be influenced by a subjective point of view, bias, personal feeling or inclination, etc. (usually followed by toward ).

verb (used with object)

  1. to cause to slope.
  2. to distort (information) by rendering it unfaithfully or incompletely, especially in order to reflect a particular viewpoint:

    He slanted the news story to discredit the Administration.

  3. to write, edit, or publish for the interest or amusement of a specific group of readers:

    a story slanted toward young adults.


  1. slanting or oblique direction; slope:

    the slant of a roof.

    Synonyms: obliqueness, pitch, inclination, incline, obliquity

  2. a slanting line, surface, etc.
  3. a mental leaning, bias, or distortion:

    His mind shows a curious slant.

  4. viewpoint; opinion; attitude:

    Let him give you his slant.

  5. Informal. a glance or look.
  6. Also called angle. Journalism. the particular mood or vein in which something is written, edited, or published:

    His column always has a humorous slant.

  7. Football.
    1. an offensive play in which the ball-carrier runs toward the line of scrimmage at an angle.
    2. Also called slant-in. a pass pattern in which a receiver cuts diagonally across the middle of the field.
  8. Also called slant-eye [slant, -ahy, slahnt, -ahy]. Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a person from East Asia, especially a Chinese or Japanese person.


  1. sloping; oblique:

    a slant roof; a slant approach.


/ slɑːnt /


  1. to incline or be inclined at an oblique or sloping angle
  2. tr to write or present (news, etc) with a bias
  3. intrfoll bytowards (of a person's opinions) to be biased
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012


  1. an inclined or oblique line or direction; slope
  2. a way of looking at something
  3. a bias or opinion, as in an article
  4. a less technical name for solidus
  5. on a slant or on the slant
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012


  1. oblique, sloping
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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Derived Forms

  • ˈslanting, adjective
  • ˈslantingly, adverb
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Other Words From

  • slanting·ly slantly adverb
  • un·slanted adjective
  • un·slanting adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of slant1

First recorded in 1485–95; aphetic variant of aslant
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Word History and Origins

Origin of slant1

C17: short for aslant , probably of Scandinavian origin
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Synonym Study

See slope.
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Example Sentences

If they do, the candidate currently most likely to replace him is an anti-mask-mandate conservative radio host who cuts against the state’s liberal slant.

This is contributing to larger early rounds than we have seen in previous years — investors can’t pick the winner, but they can slant the playing field instead.

Some of the best recent shows and movies with a feminist slant explore the bonds between women who thrive in collaborating and caring for each other.

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So that business slant, business perspective, I think is something that I really enjoy working with a board with, sharing some ideas and then collaborating back and forth.

Oil companies have long tried to cut deals with property owners to allow for slant or horizontal drilling underneath homes.

Meanwhile, big dollar advertising campaigns have taken an explicit rainbow-hued slant.

Owen sees the writing of his book—telling the truth slant—as a way of closing the circle on his own losses.

Emily Dickinson famously wrote, “Tell the truth but tell it slant.”

And while they may have an ideological slant, they are not wedded to it.

American literature seems to want for authors of a Republican slant.

He had the innate slant of mind that properly belongs to a moderator of mass meetings called to aggravate a crisis.

The rear of him had not sunk so far, so he was on a slant which made it all the more difficult for him to lift himself.

A rise of land showed gaunt and black, and the pilot was guiding the ship in a long slant upon it.

The abrupt slant of the hill gives the building an additional story on the south side.

The last has the true slant for activity and strength, in which it excels all other breeds of equal weight.


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More About Slant

What does slant mean?

To slant is to slope or lean away from a specific line.

To slant is also to cause to slope, as in If you slant your house’s roof, rain and snow will slide off.

A slant is a line or plane that is not horizontally or vertically straight. Often it is on a diagonal as with /.

Figuratively, to slant is to have or be biased, as in My mother was always slanted toward my father’s opinion.

To slant is also to distort information to reflect a specific viewpoint and misstate facts. It is often used in reference to journalism, which is expected to be unbiased and objective. Slanted media, for example, would back a particular political movement by covering its victories and downplaying its failures.

To slant can also be used to mean to write, edit or publish something for a specific audience. This may be seen as a positive or negative, depending on how something is slanted and the purpose of the material. For example, to slant a news story to young readers would be to simplify the story without distorting it so younger readers could understand it. To slant a novel to a specific audience is to write it to their interests. However, to slant a news story with the intent to distort information would be considered a negative.

Example: Cape Cod houses are known for their slanted roofs and shingle siding.

Where does slant come from?

The first records of the term slant come from around 1480. It ultimately comes from the Middle English a-slonte or one -slonte. It is an aphetic version of the term aslant, which means the word has lost its initial unstressed vowel sound.

In American football and basketball, a slant is a play in which the ball, either through a pass or in a player’s hands, crosses the field or court diagonally, often passing the opposing team by. In football, a slant route describes a movement in which a receiver runs forward at the snap and then darts diagonally to catch the ball and avoid defenders.

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What are some other forms related to slant?

  • slanting (adjective)
  • slantingly (adverb)
  • slantly (adverb)
  • slanted (adjective)

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How is slant used in real life?

Slant is commonly used in both literal and figurative senses.


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Which of the following is NOT a synonym for slant?

A. slope
B. tilt
C. skew
D. straighten




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