I. noun 1. the space (usually measured in degrees) between two intersecting lines or surfaces at or close to the point where they meet. • in any triangle, the longest side is opposite the largest angle.
• spring-loaded hinges open the doors to any angle up to 90°.
2. a corner, especially an external projection or an internal recess of a part of a building or other structure • a skylight in the angle of the roof.
3. a measure of the inclination of one line or surface with respect to another • sloping at an angle of 33° to the horizontal.
4. a position from which something is viewed or along which it travels or acts, typically as measured by its inclination from an implicit horizontal or vertical baseline • from this angle Maggie could not see Naomi’s face.
5. a particular way of approaching or considering an issue or problem • discussing the problems from every conceivable angle
• he always had a fresh angle on life.
6. [often with modifier] —
[Astrology] each of the four cardinal points of a chart, from which the first, fourth, seventh, and tenth houses extend anticlockwise respectively.
7. [ mass noun] — angle iron or a similar constructional material made of another metal. • the supporting frame is usually of aluminium angle bolted together.
II. verb — [with obj. and adverbial of direction] 1. direct or incline at an angle • he angled his chair so that he could watch her.
2. [no obj., with adverbial of direction] — move or be inclined at an angle • still the rain angles down.
3. [with obj.] — present (information) to reflect a particular view or have a particular focus • angle your answer so that it is relevant to the job for which you are applying.
III. phrases 1. at an angle in a direction or at an inclination markedly different from parallel, vertical, or horizontal with respect to an implicit baseline • she wore her beret at an angle
• an armchair was drawn up at an angle to his desk.
2. from all angles from every direction or point of view • they come shooting at us from all angles.
– origin late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin angulus ‘corner’.