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Meaning of angle by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /ˈæŋ.ɡl̩/, /ˈæŋ.ɡəl/
    • Rhymes: -æŋɡəl

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English, from Middle French angle, from Latin angulus ( “corner, remote area” ), from Proto-Indo-European *ang- ( “corner, hirn” ). Cognate with Old High German ancha ( “nape of the neck” ), Middle High German anke ( “joint of the foot, nape of neck” ) .


    Diagram of an angle

    angle ( plural: angles )

    1. ( geometry ) A figure formed by two rays which start from a common point ( a plane angle ) or by three planes that intersect ( a solid angle ) .
      the angle between lines A and B
    2. ( geometry ) The measure of such a figure. In the case of a plane angle, this is the ratio ( or proportional to the ratio ) of the arc length to the radius of a section of a circle cut by the two rays, centered at their common point. In the case of a solid angle, this is the ratio of the surface area to the square of the radius of the section of a sphere .
      The angle between lines A and B is π/4 radians, or 45 degrees .
    3. A corner where two walls intersect .
      an angle of a building
    4. A change in direction .
      The horse took off at an angle .
    5. A viewpoint .
      Look at it from this angle .
    6. ( media ) The focus of a news story .
    7. ( slang, professional wrestling ) A storyline between two wrestlers, providing the background for and approach to a feud .
    8. ( slang ) A scheme; a means of benefitting from a situation, usually hidden, possibly illegal .
      His angle is that he gets a percentage, but mostly in trade .
    Derived terms
    Related terms
    • angular
    • angulate
    • angulation
    See also


    angle ( third-person singular simple present angles present participle angling, simple past and past participle angled )

    1. ( transitive, often in the passive ) To place ( something ) at an angle .
      The roof is angled at 15 degrees .
    2. ( intransitive, informal ) To change direction rapidly .
      The five ball angled off the nine ball but failed to reach the pocket .
    3. ( transitive, informal ) To present or argue something in a particular way or from a particular viewpoint .
      How do you want to angle this when we talk to the client?
    4. ( snooker ) To leave the cue ball in the jaws of a pocket such that the surround of the pocket ( the "angle" ) blocks the path from cue ball to object ball .

    Etymology 2

    From Middle English anglelen ( “to fish” ), from angel ( “fishhook” ), from Old English angel, angul ( “fishhook” ), from Proto-Germanic *angVlō, *angô ( “hook, angle” ), from Proto-Indo-European *ank-, *Hank- ( “something bent, hook” ). Cognate with West Frisian angel ( “fishing rod, stinger” ), Dutch angel ( “fishhook” ), German Angel ( “fishing pole” ), German angeln ( “to fish, angle” ) .


    angle ( third-person singular simple present angles present participle angling, simple past and past participle angled )

    1. ( intransitive ) To try to catch fish with a hook and line .
    2. ( informal ) ( with for ) To attempt to subtly persuade someone to offer a desired thing .
      He must be angling for a pay rise .
    Derived terms
    • angler
    • angling


    • angel, Angel
    • Elgan
    • Galen
    • glean


    By Wiktionary ( 2012/06/13 00:33 UTC Version )



    1. ( geometry, of a two-dimensional shape ) having the specified number of internal angles

    Derived terms

Explanation of angle by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. present with a bias

    2. fish with a hook

    3. seek indirectly

    4. to incline or bend from a vertical position

    5. move or proceed at an angle

    6. he angled his way into the room
    1. a biased way of looking at or presenting something

    2. a member of a Germanic people who conquered England and merged with the Saxons and Jutes to become Anglo-Saxons

    3. the space between two lines or planes that intersect

    Definition of angle by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Angle ( ăṉg'l ), n. [F. angle, L. angulus angle, corner; akin to uncus hook, Gr. ἀγκύλος bent, crooked, angular, ἄγκος a bend or hollow, AS. angel hook, fish-hook, G. angel, and F. anchor.]
      1. The inclosed space near the point where two lines meet; a corner; a nook.

      Into the utmost angle of the world. Spenser.

      To search the tenderest angles of the heart. Milton.

      2. ( Geom. ) The figure made by. two lines which meet. The difference of direction of two lines. In the lines meet, the point of meeting is the vertex of the angle.

      3. A projecting or sharp corner; an angular fragment.

      Though but an angle reached him of the stone. Dryden.

      4. ( Astrol. ) A name given to four of the twelve astrological “houses.” [Obs.] Chaucer.

      5. [AS. angel.] A fishhook; tackle for catching fish, consisting of a line, hook, and bait, with or without a rod.

      Give me mine angle: we 'll to the river there. Shak.

      A fisher next his trembling angle bears. Pope.

      Acute angle, one less than a right angle, or less than 90°. -- Adjacent or Contiguous angles, such as have one leg common to both angles. -- Alternate angles. See Alternate. -- Angle bar. ( Carp. ) An upright bar at the angle where two faces of a polygonal or bay window meet. Knight. ( Mach. ) Same as Angle iron. -- Angle bead ( Arch. ), a bead worked on or fixed to the angle of any architectural work, esp. for protecting an angle of a wall. -- Angle brace, Angle tie ( Carp. ), a brace across an interior angle of a wooden frame, forming the hypothenuse and securing the two side pieces together. Knight. -- Angle iron ( Mach. ), a rolled bar or plate of iron having one or more angles, used for forming the corners, or connecting or sustaining the sides of an iron structure to which it is riveted. -- Angle leaf ( Arch. ), a detail in the form of a leaf, more or less conventionalized, used to decorate and sometimes to strengthen an angle. -- Angle meter, an instrument for measuring angles, esp. for ascertaining the dip of strata. -- Angle shaft ( Arch. ), an enriched angle bead, often having a capital or base, or both. -- Curvilineal angle, one formed by two curved lines. -- External angles, angles formed by the sides of any right-lined figure, when the sides are produced or lengthened. -- Facial angle. See under Facial. -- Internal angles, those which are within any right-lined figure. -- Mixtilineal angle, one formed by a right line with a curved line. -- Oblique angle, one acute or obtuse, in opposition to a right angle. -- Obtuse angle, one greater than a right angle, or more than 90°. -- Optic angle. See under Optic. -- Rectilineal or Right-lined angle, one formed by two right lines. -- Right angle, one formed by a right line falling on another perpendicularly, or an angle of 90° ( measured by a quarter circle ). -- Solid angle, the figure formed by the meeting of three or more plane angles at one point. -- Spherical angle, one made by the meeting of two arcs of great circles, which mutually cut one another on
      the surface of a globe or sphere. -- Visual angle, the angle formed by two rays of light, or two straight lines drawn from the extreme points of an object to the center of the eye. -- For Angles of commutation, draught, incidence, reflection, refraction, position, repose, fraction, see Commutation, Draught, Incidence, Reflection, Refraction, etc.

    2. Angle v. i. [imp. & p. p. Angled ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Angling]
      1. To fish with an angle ( fishhook ), or with hook and line.

      2. To use some bait or artifice; to intrigue; to scheme; as, “to angle for praise”.

      The hearts of all that he did angle for. Shak.

    3. Angle, v. t. To try to gain by some insinuating artifice; to allure. [Obs.] “He angled the people's hearts.” Sir P. Sidney.