Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To fish with a hook and line.
  • intransitive 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.
  • transitive v. To move or turn (something) at an angle: angled the chair toward the window.
  • transitive v. Sports To hit (a ball or puck, for example) at an angle.
  • transitive v. Informal To impart a biased aspect or point of view to: angled the story in a way that criticized the candidate.
  • intransitive 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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. 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. The focus of a news story.
  • n. A storyline between two wrestlers, providing the background for and approach to a feud.
  • n. A scheme; a means of benefitting from a situation, usually hidden, possibly illegal.
  • v. To place (something) at an angle.
  • v. To change direction rapidly.
  • v. To present or argue something in a particular way or from a particular viewpoint.
  • v. 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.
  • v. To try to catch fish with a hook and line.
  • v. (with for) To attempt to subtly persuade someone to offer a desired thing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The inclosed space near the point where two lines meet; a corner; a nook.
  • n.
  • 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. 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.
  • intransitive v. To fish with an angle (fishhook), or with hook and line.
  • intransitive v. To use some bait or artifice; to intrigue; to scheme.
  • transitive v. To try to gain by some insinuating artifice; to allure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

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)
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"). (Wiktionary)
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)

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