From Middle English angle, angul, angule, borrowed from Middle French angle, from Latin angulus (“corner, remote area”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂engulos < *h₂eng- (“corner, hirn”). Cognate with Old High German ancha (“nape of the neck”), Middle High German anke (“joint of the foot, nape of neck”). Doublet of angulus.
angle (plural angles)
- (geometry) A figure formed by two rays which start from a common point (a plane angle) or by three planes that intersect (a solid angle).
- the angle between lines A and B
- (geometry) 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.
- The angle between lines A and B is π/4 radians, or 45 degrees.
- 2013 July-August, Fenella Saunders, “Tiny Lenses See the Big Picture”, in American Scientist:
- The single-imaging optic of the mammalian eye offers some distinct visual advantages. Such lenses can take in photons from a wide range of angles, increasing light sensitivity. They also have high spatial resolution, resolving incoming images in minute detail.
- A corner where two walls intersect.
- an angle of a building
- A change in direction.
- The horse took off at an angle.
- A viewpoint; a way of looking at something.
- 2013 January 1, Katie L. Burke, “Ecological Dependency”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 1, page 64:
- In his first book since the 2008 essay collection Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature, David Quammen looks at the natural world from yet another angle: the search for the next human pandemic, what epidemiologists call “the next big one.”
- 2005, Adams Media, Adams Job Interview Almanac (page 299)
- For example, if I was trying to repitch an idea to a producer who had already turned it down, I would say something like, "I remember you said you didn't like my idea because there was no women's angle. Well, here's a great one that both of us must have missed during our first conversation."
- (media) The focus of a news story.
- Any of various hesperiid butterflies.
- (slang, professional wrestling) A storyline between two wrestlers, providing the background for and approach to a feud.
- (slang) An ulterior motive; a scheme or means of benefitting from a situation, usually hidden, often immoral
- His angle is that he gets a percentage, but mostly in trade.
- A projecting or sharp corner; an angular fragment.
- (astrology) Any of the four cardinal points of an astrological chart: the Ascendant, the Midheaven, the Descendant and the Imum Coeli.
- (corner): corner, nook
- (change in direction): swerve
- (vertex): -gon (as per hexagon)
- (viewpoint): opinion, perspective, point of view, slant, view, viewpoint
- angle bisector
- angle bracket
- angle grinder
- angle harp
- angle iron
- angle of attack
- angle of incidence
- angle of reflection
- angle of refraction
- angle of repose
- angle parking
- angle quote
- angles and dangles
- angle shoot
- Bragg angle
- Brewster's angle
- crab angle
- critical angle
- dihedral angle
- narrow-angle lens
- play the angles
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
- (transitive, often in the passive) To place (something) at an angle.
- The roof is angled at 15 degrees.
- (intransitive, informal) To change direction rapidly.
- The five ball angled off the nine ball but failed to reach the pocket.
- (transitive, informal) To present or argue something in a particular way or from a particular viewpoint.
- How do you want to angle this when we talk to the client?
- (transitive, cue sports) To hamper (oneself or one's opponent) by leaving 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.
From Middle English anglen (“to fish”), from Middle English angel (“fishhook”), from Old English angel, angul (“fishhook”), from Proto-Germanic *angulō, *angô (“hook, angle”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂enk- (“something bent, hook”). Cognate with West Frisian angel (“fishing rod, stinger”), Dutch angel (“fishhook”), German Angel (“fishing pole”), German angeln (“to fish, angle”), Icelandic öngull (“fishhook”).
- (intransitive, figuratively) To try to catch fish with a hook and line.
- 1961 May, Mark B. Warburton, “Yatton and its branches to Clevedon and Wells”, in Trains Illustrated, page 276:
- Both the Somerset Central and the Bristol & Exeter were angling for the Cheddar and Wells traffic and on March 15, 1859, the S.C.R. extended its broad-gauge Highbridge-Glastonbury line for another 5¼ miles to Wells.
- (informal) (with for) To attempt to subtly persuade someone to offer a desired thing.
- He must be angling for a pay rise.
angle (plural angles)
- A fishhook; tackle for catching fish, consisting of a line, hook, and bait, with or without a rod.
- c. 1606–1607, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Anthonie and Cleopatra”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene v]:
- Give me mine angle: we'll to the river there.
- 1717, Alexander Pope, Vertuminus and Pomona
- A fisher next his trembling angle bears.
angle m (plural angles)
- (geometry) angle (figure formed by two rays which start from a common point)
- angle (a corner where two walls intersect)
angle (masculine and feminine plural angles)
- Anglian (of or pertaining to the Angles)
angle m or f (plural angles)
- Angle (member of a Germanic tribe)
angle m (plural angles)
- (geometry) A geometric angle.
- La mesure d'un angle droit est égale à 90 degrés.
- The measure of a right angle is equal to 90 degrees.
- A location at the corner of something, such as streets, buildings, furniture etc.
- Synonym: coin
- A viewpoint or angle.
- Inside a room, the word coin (“corner”) is more usual.
- “angle” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
- inflection of :
- English language
- plural of
- English language
- angel (biblical being)
- Middle French: ange, angele, aingle, engle, angle, angre
- Picard: anche
- Walloon: andje
- → Middle English: aungel, engel, angel, ængel, aungil, aungell, angell, angyl, angyll, angylle, awngel, enngell