# 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
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
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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
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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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