angle

Remember all those pesky geometry classes in high school? Then you'll remember measuring the angle or space between two intersecting lines in degrees. If you recall that a right angle measures ninety degrees, give yourself a bonus.

Angle can also mean a biased way of looking at or presenting something. Talk radio stations, for example, often discuss current events with a "political angle." On a far more peaceful note, to angle also means simply to fish, both in the literal sense of trying to catch a fish on a hook or in the metaphorical sense of trying to subtly obtain something without being seen to do so directly, as in, "I'm going to angle for a promotion at work."

Definitions of angle
  1. noun
    the space between two lines or planes that intersect; the inclination of one line to another; measured in degrees or radians
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    crotch, fork
    the angle formed by the inner sides of the legs where they join the human trunk
    axil
    the upper angle between an axis and an offshoot such as a branch or leafstalk
    helix angle
    the constant angle at which a helix cuts the elements of a cylinder or cone
    complementary angles
    two angles whose sum is a right angle
    angular distance
    the angular separation between two objects as perceived by an observer
    plane angle
    an angle formed by two straight lines (in the same plane)
    spherical angle
    an angle formed at the intersection of the arcs of two great circles
    solid angle
    an angle formed by three or more planes intersecting at a common point (the vertex)
    angle of inclination, inclination
    (geometry) the angle formed by the x-axis and a given line (measured counterclockwise from the positive half of the x-axis)
    inclination, inclination of an orbit
    (astronomy) the angle between the plane of the orbit and the plane of the ecliptic stated in degrees
    salient angle
    an angle pointing outward; an interior angle of a polygon that is less than 180 degrees
    interior angle, internal angle
    the angle inside two adjacent sides of a polygon
    exterior angle, external angle
    the supplement of an interior angle of a polygon
    angle of incidence, incidence angle
    the angle that a line makes with a line perpendicular to the surface at the point of incidence
    angle of reflection
    the angle between a reflected ray and a line perpendicular to the reflecting surface at the point of incidence
    angle of refraction
    the angle between a refracted ray and a line perpendicular to the surface between the two media at the point of refraction
    angle of extinction, extinction angle
    the angle from its axis that a crystal must be rotated before appearing maximally dark when viewed in polarized light
    dogleg
    angle that resembles the hind leg of a dog
    right angle
    the 90 degree angle between two perpendicular lines
    oblique angle
    an angle that is not a right angle or a multiple of a right angle
    reflex angle
    an angle greater than 180 degrees (but less than 360)
    perigon, round angle
    an angle of 360 degrees
    cutting angle
    the angle between the face of a cutting tool and the surface of the work
    angle of dip, dip, inclination, magnetic dip, magnetic inclination
    (physics) the angle that a magnetic needle makes with the plane of the horizon
    lead
    the angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target (correcting for the flight time of the missile)
    magnetic declination, magnetic variation, variation
    the angle (at a particular location) between magnetic north and true north
    AZ, azimuth
    the azimuth of a celestial body is the angle between the vertical plane containing it and the plane of the meridian
    polyhedral angle
    the space enclosed by three or more planes that intersect in a vertex
    face angle
    the angle formed by two edges of a polyhedral angle
    tilt angle
    the angle a rocket makes with the vertical as it curves along its trajectory
    vertical angle
    either of two equal and opposite angles formed by the intersection of two straight lines
    angle of view, view angle
    the angle included by a photographic lens
    wave angle
    the angle of arrival (or departure) of a radio wave with respect to the axis of an antenna array
    latitude
    the angular distance between an imaginary line around a heavenly body parallel to its equator and the equator itself
    longitude
    the angular distance between a point on any meridian and the prime meridian at Greenwich
    celestial latitude, dec, declination
    (astronomy) the angular distance of a celestial body north or to the south of the celestial equator; expressed in degrees; used with right ascension to specify positions on the celestial sphere
    RA, celestial longitude, right ascension
    (astronomy) the equatorial coordinate specifying the angle, measured eastward along the celestial equator, from the vernal equinox to the intersection of the hour circle that passes through an object in the sky; usually expressed in hours and minutes and seconds; used with declination to specify positions on the celestial sphere
    HA, hour angle
    (astronomy) the angular distance of a celestial point measured westward along the celestial equator from the zenith crossing; the right ascension for an observer at a particular location and time of day
    true anomaly
    the angular distance of a point in an orbit past the point of periapsis measured in degrees
    reentering angle, reentrant angle
    an interior angle of a polygon that is greater than 180 degrees
    hip
    (architecture) the exterior angle formed by the junction of a sloping side and a sloping end of a roof
    angle of attack
    the acute angle between the direction of the undisturbed relative wind and the chord of an airfoil
    critical angle
    the smallest angle of incidence for which light is totally reflected
    acute angle
    an angle less than 90 degrees but more than 0 degrees
    obtuse angle
    an angle between 90 and 180 degrees
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    space
    an empty area (usually bounded in some way between things)
  2. verb
    move or proceed at an angle
    “he angled his way into the room”
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    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  3. verb
    incline or bend from a vertical position
    synonyms: lean, slant, tilt, tip
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    incline, pitch, slope
    be at an angle
    weather
    cause to slope
    heel, list
    tilt to one side
    lean back, recline
    move the upper body backwards and down
    ascend
    slope upwards
    stoop
    sag, bend, bend over or down
    fall
    slope downward
    climb
    slope upward
    dip
    slope downwards
    fall back
    fall backwards and down
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    bend, flex
    form a curve
  4. verb
    seek indirectly
    synonyms: fish
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    look for, search, seek
    try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of
  5. noun
    a biased way of looking at or presenting something
    synonyms: slant
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    point of view, stand, standpoint, viewpoint
    a mental position from which things are viewed
  6. verb
    present with a bias
    synonyms: skew, slant, weight
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    bias, predetermine
    cause to be biased
  7. verb
    fish with a hook
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    fly-fish, flyfish
    fish with flies as lures
    troll
    angle with a hook and line drawn through the water
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    fish
    catch or try to catch fish or shellfish
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