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


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

Middle English anglen, from angel, fishhook, from Old English.
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin angulus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").



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