slanting; slanted; slants

To slant is to tilt or slope sharply to one side. Many streets in San Francisco are so steep that they slant dramatically upward.

You can slant the brim of your hat down to keep the sun out of your eyes, and the sun itself can slant at a lower angle (or slant), forcing you to put on your dark sunglasses. There's also the slant that means "show bias," the way a newspaper reporter does when she slants a story in favor of one political party over another. Slant was originally slenten, "slip sideways," from a Germanic root.

Definitions of slant
  1. verb
    incline or bend from a vertical position
    synonyms: angle, lean, tilt, tip
    see moresee less
    show 10 types...
    hide 10 types...
    incline, pitch, slope
    be at an angle
    cause to slope
    heel, list
    tilt to one side
    lean back, recline
    move the upper body backwards and down
    slope upwards
    sag, bend, bend over or down
    slope downward
    slope upward
    slope downwards
    fall back
    fall backwards and down
    type of:
    bend, flex
    form a curve
  2. verb
    lie obliquely
    “A scar slanted across his face”
    see moresee less
    type of:
    be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position
  3. verb
    heel over
    “The ceiling is slanting
    synonyms: cant, cant over, pitch, tilt
    see moresee less
    tilt or slant to one side
    type of:
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  4. verb
    present with a bias
    synonyms: angle, skew, weight
    see moresee less
    type of:
    bias, predetermine
    cause to be biased
  5. noun
    degree of deviation from a horizontal plane
    synonyms: pitch, rake
    see moresee less
    (golf) the backward slant on the head of some golf clubs that is designed to drive the ball high in the air
    type of:
    gradient, slope
    the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the horizontal
  6. noun
    a biased way of looking at or presenting something
    synonyms: angle
    see moresee less
    type of:
    point of view, stand, standpoint, viewpoint
    a mental position from which things are viewed
DISCLAIMER: These example sentences appear in various news sources and books to reflect the usage of the word ‘slant'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of or its editors. Send us feedback
Word Family

Look up slant for the last time

Close your vocabulary gaps with personalized learning that focuses on teaching the words you need to know.

VocabTrainer -'s Vocabulary Trainer