American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To fish with a hook and line.
- v. To try to get something by indirect or artful means: angle for a promotion.
- n. Obsolete A fishhook or fishing tackle.
- n. Mathematics The figure formed by two lines diverging from a common point.
- n. Mathematics The figure formed by two planes diverging from a common line.
- n. Mathematics The rotation required to superimpose either of two such lines or planes on the other.
- n. Mathematics The space between such lines or surfaces.
- n. Mathematics A solid angle.
- n. A sharp or projecting corner, as of a building.
- n. The place, position, or direction from which an object is presented to view: a building that looks impressive from any angle.
- n. An aspect, as of a problem, seen from a specific point of view. See Synonyms at phase.
- n. Slang A devious method; a scheme.
- v. To move or turn (something) at an angle: angled the chair toward the window.
- v. Sports To hit (a ball or puck, for example) at an angle.
- v. Informal To impart a biased aspect or point of view to: angled the story in a way that criticized the candidate.
- v. To continue along or turn at an angle or by angles: The road angles sharply to the left. The path angled through the woods.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fishing-hook: often in later use extended to include the line or tackle, and even the rod.
- n. One who or that which catches by stratagem or deceit.
- n. [From the verb.] The act of angling.
- To fish with an angle, or with hook and line.
- To try by artful means to catch or win over a person or thing, or to elicit an opinion: commonly with for.
- To fish (a stream).
- To fish for or try to catch, as with an angle or hook.
- To lure or entice, as with bait.
- n. One of a Teutonic tribe which in the earliest period of its recorded history dwelt in the neighborhood of the district now called Angeln, in Schleswig-Holstein, and which in the fifth century and later, accompanied by kindred tribes, the Saxons, Jutes, and Frisians, crossed over to Britain and colonized the greater part of it. The Angles were the most numerous of these settlers, and founded the three kingdoms of East Anglia, Mercia, and Northumbria. From them the entire country derived its name England, the “land of the Angles.” See Anglian, Anglo-Saxon, and English.
- n. The difference in direction of two intersecting lines; the space included between two intersecting lines; the figure or projection formed by the meeting of two lines; a corner. In geometry, a plane angle is one formed by two lines, straight or curved, which meet in a plane; a rectilinear angle, one formed by two straight lines. The point where the lines meet is called the vertex of the angle, or the angular point, and the lines which contain the angle are called its sides or legs. The magnitude of the angle does not depend upon the length of the lines which form it, but merely on their relative positions. It is measured by the length of a circular arc of unit radius having for its center the vertex of the angle, or point of intersection of the sides. Thus, the angle FEA, fig. 1, is measured by 32 degrees of the circumference, or the arc AF. Angular magnitudes are also expressed in quadrants of four to the circumference, in hours of six to the quadrant, in sexagesimal degrees of 90 to the quadrant, (rarely) in centesimal degrees of 100 to the quadrant, etc. The arc whose length is equal to the radius subtends an angle of 57° 17′ 44″.8 nearly. Theoretically, the measure of an angle is the logarithm of the anharmonic ratio made by the two sides with the two tangents to the absolute intersecting at the vertex. Angles receive different names, according to their magnitude, their construction, their position, etc. When one straight line intersects another so as to make the four angles so formed equal, these angles are called
rightangles, and each is measured by an arc equal to one fourth of a circumference, or 90 degrees. Thus, ACD, fig. 2, is a right angle. An angle which is less than a right angle is acute, as ACE. An obtuse angle is one which is greater than a right angle, as ECB. Acute and obtuse angles are both called oblique, in opposition to right angles. A curvilinear angle is formed by the meeting of the tangents to two curved lines at their point of intersection. Adjacent or contiguous angles are such as have one leg common to both angles, both together being equal to two right angles. Thus, in fig. 2, ACE and ECB are adjacent angles. Conjugate angles are two angles having a common vertex and common legs, one being concave, the other convex. A straight angle is an angle of 180°. A reflex angle is the same as a convex angle. (See conjugate angles, above.) Exterior, external, or outward angles are the angles of any rectilinear figure without it, made by producing one of the sides at each vertex, the angles formed within the figure being called interiorangles. When one line intersects a pair of lines in a plane, of the eight angles so formed, those which are between the pair are called interior, those without exterior. Of the interior angles, a pair for different sides of the intersecting line, and at different intersected lines, are called alternate(which see). See radian.
- n. Hence An angular projection; a projecting corner: as, the angles of a building.
- n. In astrology, the 1st, 4th, 7th, or 10th house.
- n. In anatomy, same as angulus.
- n. In heraldry, a charge representing a narrow band or ribbon bent in an angle.
- n. In projective geometry, a piece of a flat pencil bounded by two of the straights as sides. See the extract.
- To lead off or deflect (a body or element) from a direction parallel or perpendicular to another body or element to which or from which it is to move: as, to angle a rope.
- v. intransitive To try to catch fish with a hook and line.
- v. informal (with for) To attempt to subtly persuade someone to offer a desired thing.
- n. 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).
- n. 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.
- n. A corner where two walls intersect.
- n. A change in direction.
- n. A viewpoint.
- n. media The focus of a news story.
- n. slang, professional wrestling A storyline between two wrestlers, providing the background for and approach to a feud.
- n. slang A scheme; a means of benefitting from a situation, usually hidden, possibly illegal.
- v. transitive To place (something) at an angle.
- v. intransitive, informal To change direction rapidly.
- v. transitive, informal To present or argue something in a particular way or from a particular viewpoint.
- v. 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The inclosed space near the point where two lines meet; a corner; a nook.
- n. The figure made by. two lines which meet.
- n. The difference of direction of two lines. In the lines meet, the point of meeting is the vertex of the angle.
- n. A projecting or sharp corner; an angular fragment.
- n. (Astrol.), obsolete A name given to four of the twelve astrological “houses.”
- n. A fishhook; tackle for catching fish, consisting of a line, hook, and bait, with or without a rod.
- v. To fish with an angle (fishhook), or with hook and line.
- v. To use some bait or artifice; to intrigue; to scheme.
- v. obsolete To try to gain by some insinuating artifice; to allure.
- v. present with a bias
- v. seek indirectly
- n. the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another; measured in degrees or radians
- n. a biased way of looking at or presenting something
- v. to incline or bend from a vertical position
- n. a member of a Germanic people who conquered England and merged with the Saxons and Jutes to become Anglo-Saxons
- v. fish with a hook
- v. move or proceed at an angle
- 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"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English anglen, from angel, fishhook, from Old English.Middle English, from Old French, from Latin angulus. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“The angle which marks the limit beyond which total reflection takes place is called the _limiting angle_ (it is marked in fig. 6 by the strong line E _n_ '').”
“And also the one below it, there are barely any more ships like that still around and the camera angle is a little difficult.”
“I'll write about "shooting blind" sometime soon to explain how this angle is accomplished.”
“Because the next most important angle to the right angle is the two-thirds of a right angle; that is, the angle of an equilateral triangle.”
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