angle: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ang'gul), [key]
— n., v., -gled, -gling.
    1. the space within two lines or three or more planes diverging from a common point, or within two planes diverging from a common line.
    2. the figure so formed.
    3. 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.
  1. an angular projection; a projecting corner: the angles of a building.
  2. a viewpoint; standpoint: He looked at the problem only from his own angle.
  3. The financial editor added a supplementary article from the investor's angle.
    1. slant (def. 11).
    2. the point of view from which copy is written, esp. when the copy is intended to interest a particular audience:The financial editor added a supplementary article from the investor's angle.
  4. one aspect of an event, problem, subject, etc.: The accountant emphasized the tax angle of the leasing arrangement.
  5. See
  6. a secret motive: She's been too friendly lately—what's her angle?
  7. 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.
  8. See(def. 2).
  9. to use every available means to reach one's goal: A second-rate talent can survive only by playing all the angles.
  1. to move or bend in an angle.
  2. to set, fix, direct, or adjust at an angle: to angle a spotlight.
  3. to write or edit in such a way as to appeal to a particular audience; slant: She angled her column toward teenagers.
  1. to turn sharply in a different direction: The road angles to the right.
  2. to move or go in angles or at an angle: The trout angled downstream.


Pronunciation: (ang'gul), [key]
— v., n. -gled, -gling,
  1. to fish with hook and line.
  2. to attempt to get something by sly or artful means; fish: to angle for a compliment.
  1. a fishhook or fishing tackle.


Pronunciation: (ang'gul), [key]
— n.
  1. 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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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