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Definition of angle noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    angle

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈæŋɡl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈæŋɡl//
     
    Mathematical terminology
     
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  1. 1  the space between two lines or surfaces that join, measured in degrees a 45° angle the rocket’s angle of descent see also acute angle, adjacent angle, corresponding angles, obtuse angle, right angle, wide-angle lens See related entries: Mathematical terminology
  2. 2  the direction that something is leaning or pointing in when it is not in a vertical or horizontal line The tower of Pisa leans at an angle. The plane was coming in at a steep angle. His hair was sticking up at all angles.
  3. 3  a position from which you look at something The photo was taken from an unusual angle. The painting changes slightly when seen from different angles.
  4. 4  a particular way of presenting or thinking about a situation, problem, etc. We need a new angle for our next advertising campaign. You can look at the issue from many different angles. The article concentrates on the human angle (= the part that concerns people's emotions) of the story.
  5. Word Originnoun late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin angulus ‘corner’.Extra examples Draw a 130° angle in your notebooks. Each joint can move through an angle of 90°. He took a different angle on the story. He wore his hat at a jaunty angle. How you see the building depends on your angle of vision. Seeing herself from this angle, she realized how like her mother she looked. She adjusted the angle of the legs to make the table stand more firmly. The calf’s legs were splayed out at awkward angles. The instrument has a wide angle of view. The plane started descending at a steep angle. The subject is considered from an unusual angle. The tower of Pisa leans at an angle. The variety of camera angles gives her photographs interest. The vertical line makes an angle with the horizontal line. We’ve looked at the problem from every possible angle but still haven’t found a solution. You need to consider the question from all angles. the angle between these two lines The article concentrates on the human angle of the story. We’re looking for a new angle for our next advertising campaign. You can look at the issues from many different angles.
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