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

  • adv. At a slant; obliquely.
  • prep. Obliquely over or across: lay the paddle aslant the gunwales.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. slanting
  • adv. at a slant
  • prep. diagonally over or across

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. Toward one side; in a slanting direction; obliquely.
  • prep. In a slanting direction over; athwart.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a slanting or sloping direction; oblique; obliquely; not perpendicularly or at right angles.
  • Slantingly across; athwart.

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

  • adv. at an oblique angle
  • adv. over or across in a slanting direction
  • adj. having an oblique or slanted direction


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  • I thought that if Henry remembered the fairy tales from his childhood, he would begin that reentering process, and it seemed to make sense that he would remember it aslant that he would remember the fairy tales in the original German.

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  • And in early America, African slaves invented a form of marriage, "besom wedding" or jumping the broom, in which a couple jumped over a broomstick stuck aslant in a doorway and declared themselves married.

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  • The snake's brow is draped aslant in the tree's glossy leaves, suggesting a comic green beret.

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  • "QUEEN GERTRUDE: There is a willow grows aslant a brook,

    That shows his hoar leaves in the glassy stream;

    There with fantastic garlands did she come

    Of crow-flowers, nettles, daisies, and long purples

    That liberal shepherds give a grosser name,..."

    - Shakespeare, 'Hamlet'.

    October 6, 2008

  • Below: a fen where water stood;

    Aslant: their hill of stinging nettle

    from 'Bucolics,' by Sylvia Plath

    April 9, 2008