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

  • transitive v. To give a direction other than perpendicular or horizontal to; make diagonal; cause to slope: She slants her letters from upper right to lower left.
  • transitive v. To present so as to conform to a particular bias or appeal to a certain audience: The story was slanted in favor of the strikers.
  • intransitive v. To have or go in a direction other than perpendicular or horizontal; slope.
  • n. A line, plane, course, or direction that is other than perpendicular or horizontal; a slope.
  • n. A sloping thing or piece of ground.
  • n. Printing A virgule.
  • n. A personal point of view or opinion.
  • n. A bias.
  • n. Offensive Slang Used as a disparaging term for a person of East Asian birth or descent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A slope or incline.
  • n. A bias, tendency, or leaning; a perspective or angle.
  • n. A person of Asian descent.
  • v. To lean, tilt or incline.
  • v. To bias or skew.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Inclined from a direct line, whether horizontal or perpendicular; sloping; oblique.
  • n. A slanting direction or plane; a slope.
  • n. An oblique reflection or gibe; a sarcastic remark.
  • intransitive v. To be turned or inclined from a right line or level; to lie obliquely; to slope.
  • transitive v. To turn from a direct line; to give an oblique or sloping direction to.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To lie obliquely to some line, whether horizontal or perpendicular; slope: as, a slanting roof.
  • To go or turn off at a small angle from some direct line; deviate: as, at this point the road slants off to the right. Specifically
  • To exaggerate; “draw the long bow”; fib.
  • To have a leaning; incline.
  • To give a sloping direction to; set or place at an angle to something else: as, slant the mirror a little more.
  • Sloping; oblique; inclined from a direct line or plane.
  • n. An oblique direction or plane; a slope.
  • n. An oblique reflection or gibe; a sarcastic remark.
  • n. A chance; an opportunity.

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

  • n. a biased way of looking at or presenting something
  • n. degree of deviation from a horizontal plane
  • v. lie obliquely
  • v. present with a bias
  • v. to incline or bend from a vertical position
  • v. heel over

Etymologies

Alteration of obsolete slent, from Middle English slenten, to fall aslant, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • Tell all the Truth but tell it slant--
    Success in Circuit lies
    Too bright for our infirm Delight
    The Truth's superb surprise

    As Lightning to the Children eased
    With explanation kind
    The Truth must dazzle gradually
    Or every man be blind--

    -- Emily Dickinson's 1129

    August 12, 2010