from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A fishing-hook: often in later use extended to include the line or tackle, and even the rod.
  • noun One who or that which catches by stratagem or deceit.
  • noun [From the verb.] The act of angling.
  • 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.
  • noun In projective geometry, a piece of a flat pencil bounded by two of the straights as sides. See the extract.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Hence An angular projection; a projecting corner: as, the angles of a building.
  • noun In astrology, the 1st, 4th, 7th, or 10th house.
  • noun In anatomy, same as angulus.
  • noun In heraldry, a charge representing a narrow band or ribbon bent in an angle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolete To try to gain by some insinuating artifice; to allure.
  • intransitive verb To fish with an angle (fishhook), or with hook and line.
  • intransitive verb To use some bait or artifice; to intrigue; to scheme.
  • noun The inclosed space near the point where two lines meet; a corner; a nook.
  • noun The figure made by. two lines which meet.
  • noun The difference of direction of two lines. In the lines meet, the point of meeting is the vertex of the angle.
  • noun A projecting or sharp corner; an angular fragment.
  • noun (Astrol.), obsolete A name given to four of the twelve astrological “houses.”
  • noun A fishhook; tackle for catching fish, consisting of a line, hook, and bait, with or without a rod.
  • noun one less than a right angle, or less than 90°.
  • noun such as have one leg common to both angles.
  • noun See Alternate.
  • noun (Carp.), (Mach.) Same as Angle iron.
  • noun (Arch.) a bead worked on or fixed to the angle of any architectural work, esp. for protecting an angle of a wall.
  • noun (Carp.) a brace across an interior angle of a wooden frame, forming the hypothenuse and securing the two side pieces together.
  • noun (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.
  • noun (Arch.) a detail in the form of a leaf, more or less conventionalized, used to decorate and sometimes to strengthen an angle.
  • noun an instrument for measuring angles, esp. for ascertaining the dip of strata.
  • noun (Arch.) an enriched angle bead, often having a capital or base, or both.
  • noun one formed by two curved lines.
  • noun angles formed by the sides of any right-lined figure, when the sides are produced or lengthened.
  • noun See under Facial.
  • noun those which are within any right-lined figure.
  • noun one formed by a right line with a curved line.
  • noun one acute or obtuse, in opposition to a right angle.
  • noun one greater than a right angle, or more than 90°.
  • noun See under Optic.
  • noun one formed by two right lines.
  • noun one formed by a right line falling on another perpendicularly, or an angle of 90° (measured by a quarter circle).
  • noun the figure formed by the meeting of three or more plane angles at one point.


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").

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").


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