1. Geometry.
    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.
  2. an angular projection; a projecting corner: the angles of a building.
  3. a viewpoint; standpoint: He looked at the problem only from his own angle.
  4. Journalism.
    1. slant(def 11).
    2. the point of view from which copy is written, especially when the copy is intended to interest a particular audience: The financial editor added a supplementary article from the investor’s angle.
  5. one aspect of an event, problem, subject, etc.: The accountant emphasized the tax angle of the leasing arrangement.
  6. Movies, Photography. angle shot.
  7. Informal. a secret motive: She’s been too friendly lately—what’s her angle?
  8. Astrology. 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.
  9. angle iron(def 2).

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

  1. to move or bend in an angle.
  2. to set, fix, direct, or adjust at an angle: to angle a spotlight.
  3. Journalism. to write or edit in such a way as to appeal to a particular audience; slant: She angled her column toward teenagers.

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

  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.
  1. 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.

verb (used without object), an·gled, an·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. Archaic. a fishhook or fishing tackle.


  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.


  1. the space between two straight lines that diverge from a common point or between two planes that extend from a common line
  2. the shape formed by two such lines or planes
  3. the extent to which one such line or plane diverges from another, measured in degrees or radians
  4. an angular projection or recess; corner
  5. standpoint; point of viewlook at the question from another angle; the angle of a newspaper article
  6. informal a selfish or devious motive or purpose
  7. See angle iron


  1. to move in or bend into angles or an angle
  2. (tr) to produce (an article, statement, etc) with a particular point of view
  3. (tr) to present, direct, or place at an angle
  4. (intr) to turn or bend in a different directionthe path angled sharply to the left

verb (intr)

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


  1. obsolete any piece of fishing tackle, esp a hook


  1. 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

“to fish with a hook,” mid-15c., from Old English angel (n.) “angle, hook, fishhook,” related to anga “hook,” from PIE *ang-/*ank- “to bend” (see angle (n.)). Cf. Old English angul, Old Norse öngull, Old High German angul, German Angel “fishhook.” Figurative sense is recorded from 1580s.

It is but a sory lyfe and an yuell to stand anglynge all day to catche a fewe fisshes. [John Palsgrave, 1530]

Related: Angled; angling.


“space between intersecting lines,” late 14c., from Old French angle “angle, corner,” and directly from Latin angulus “an angle, corner,” a diminutive form from PIE root *ang-/*ank- “to bend” (cf. Greek ankylos “bent, crooked,” Latin ang(u)ere “to compress in a bend, fold, strangle;” Old Church Slavonic aglu “corner;” Lithuanian anka “loop;” Sanskrit ankah “hook, bent,” angam “limb;” Old English ancleo “ankle;” Old High German ango “hook”). Angle bracket is 1875 in carpentry; 1956 in typography.

member of a Teutonic tribe, Old English, from Latin Angli “the Angles,” literally “people of Angul” (Old Norse Öngull), a region in what is now Holstein, said to be so-called for its hook-like shape (see angle (n.)). People from the tribe there founded the kingdoms of Mercia, Northumbia, and East Anglia in 5c. Britain. Their name, rather than that of the Saxons or Jutes, may have become the common one for the whole group of Germanic tribes because their dialect was the first committed to writing.


“to move at an angle, to move diagonally or obliquely,” 1741, from angle (n.). Related: Angled; angling.


  1. The figure or space formed by the junction of two lines or planes.

  1. A geometric figure formed by two lines that begin at a common point or by two planes that begin at a common line.
  2. The space between such lines or planes, measured in degrees. See also acute angle obtuse angle right angle.
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