Meaning of ANGLE in English


I. an ‧ gle 1 S3 W3 /ˈæŋɡ ə l/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: Latin angulus ]

1 . the space between two straight lines or surfaces that join each other, measured in degrees

an angle of something

an angle of 45°

angle of

the angles of a triangle

You didn’t measure the angle accurately.

angle between

the angle between walls and ceiling

⇨ ↑ right angle

2 . a way of considering a problem or situation:

We’re approaching the issue from many different angles.

Look at every angle of the situation.

angle to

There’s another angle to this question.

3 . a position from which you look at something or photograph it

from a ... angle

This drawing of the monastery was done from an unusual angle.

Some of the pictures have strange camera angles.

4 . at an angle leaning to one side and not straight or upright:

The portrait was hanging at an angle.

at a slight/steep angle

The sign leaned over at a slight angle.

5 . the shape formed when two lines or surfaces join

angle of

My head struck the angle of the shelf.

II. angle 2 BrE AmE verb [transitive]

[ Date: 1700-1800 ; Origin: ⇨ ↑ angle 1 ]

[ Origin: angle for 1400-1500 From angle 'fishhook' (11-19 centuries) , from Old English angel ]

1 . to move or place something so that it is not straight or upright:

a mirror angled to reflect light from a window

Philip angled his chair towards the door.

2 . to present information from a particular point of view or for a specific group of people:

The book is angled towards a business audience.

angle for something phrasal verb

to try to get something you want without asking directly for it:

She was obviously angling for an invitation.

I didn’t want him to think I was just angling for sympathy.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.