angle1 /ˈaŋɡ(ə)l/


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’.

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