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angle

1 [ang-guhl]
noun
1.
Geometry.
a.
the space within two lines or three or more planes diverging from a common point, or within two planes diverging from a common line.
b.
the figure so formed.
c.
the amount of rotation needed to bring one line or plane into coincidence with another, generally measured in radians or in degrees, minutes, and seconds, as in 12° 10prime; 30″, which is read as 12 degrees, 10 minutes, and 30 seconds.
2.
an angular projection; a projecting corner: the angles of a building.
3.
a viewpoint; standpoint: He looked at the problem only from his own angle.
4.
Journalism.
a.
slant ( def 11 ).
b.
the point of view from which copy is written, especially when the copy is intended to interest a particular audience: The financial editor added a supplementary article from the investor's angle.
5.
one aspect of an event, problem, subject, etc.: The accountant emphasized the tax angle of the leasing arrangement.
6.
Movies, Photography, angle shot.
7.
Informal. a secret motive: She's been too friendly lately—what's her angle?
8.
Astrology. any of the four interceptions of the equatorial circle by the two basic axes, the horizon and the meridian: commonly identified by the compass directions.
9.
angle iron ( def 2 ).
verb (used with object), angled, angling.
10.
to move or bend in an angle.
11.
to set, fix, direct, or adjust at an angle: to angle a spotlight.
12.
Journalism. to write or edit in such a way as to appeal to a particular audience; slant: She angled her column toward teenagers.
verb (used without object), angled, angling.
13.
to turn sharply in a different direction: The road angles to the right.
14.
to move or go in angles or at an angle: The trout angled downstream.
Idioms
15.
play the angles, Slang. to use every available means to reach one's goal: A second-rate talent can survive only by playing all the angles.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Latin angulus, of unclear orig.

angle

2 [ang-guhl]
verb (used without object), angled, angling.
1.
to fish with hook and line.
2.
to attempt to get something by sly or artful means; fish: to angle for a compliment.
noun
3.
Archaic. a fishhook or fishing tackle.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English v. angelen, noun angel, angul, Old English angel, angul; cognate with Frisian, Dutch angel, Old Saxon, Old High German angul (> German Angel), Old Norse ǫngull; Greek ankýlos bent, Sanskrit ankuśá- hook; akin to Old English anga, Old High German ango, Latin uncus, Greek ónkos hook; relation, if any, to Latin angulus angle1 not clear

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angle1 (ˈæŋɡəl)
 
n
1.  the space between two straight lines that diverge from a common point or between two planes that extend from a common line
2.  the shape formed by two such lines or planes
3.  the extent to which one such line or plane diverges from another, measured in degrees or radians
4.  an angular projection or recess; corner
5.  standpoint; point of view: look at the question from another angle; the angle of a newspaper article
6.  informal a selfish or devious motive or purpose
7.  See angle iron
 
vb
8.  to move in or bend into angles or an angle
9.  (tr) to produce (an article, statement, etc) with a particular point of view
10.  (tr) to present, direct, or place at an angle
11.  (intr) to turn or bend in a different direction: the path angled sharply to the left
 
[C14: from French, from Old Latin angulus corner]

angle2 (ˈæŋɡəl)
 
vb
1.  to fish with a hook and line
2.  (often foll by for) to attempt to get: he angled for a compliment
 
n
3.  obsolete any piece of fishing tackle, esp a hook
 
[Old English angul fish-hook; related to Old High German ango, Latin uncus, Greek onkos]

Angle (ˈæŋɡəl)
 
n
a member of a West Germanic people from N Germany who invaded and settled large parts of E and N England in the 5th and 6th centuries a.d
 
[from Latin Anglus, from Germanic (compare English), an inhabitant of Angul, a district in Schleswig (now Angeln), a name identical with Old English angul hook, angle², referring to its shape]

angling (ˈæŋɡlɪŋ)
 
n
a.  the art or sport of catching fish with a rod and line and a baited hook or other lure, such as a fly; fishing
 b.  (as modifier): an angling contest

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angle
"to fish with a hook," late 15c., from O.E. angel (n.) "fishhook," related to anga "hook," from PIE *ank- "to bend" (see angle (n.)). Cf. O.N. öngull, O.H.G. angul, Ger. Angel "fishhook." Figurative sense is recorded from 1580s.
"It is but a sory lyfe and an yuell to stand anglynge all day to catche a fewe fisshes." [John Palsgrave, 1530]

angle
"intersecting lines," late 14c., from L. angulum (nom. angulus) "corner," a dim. form from PIE base *ang-/*ank- "to bend" (cf. Gk. ankylos "bent, crooked," L. ang(u)ere "to compress in a bend, fold, strangle," O.C.S. aglu "corner," Lith. anka "loop," Skt. ankah "hook, bent," O.E. ancleo "ankle," O.H.G.
ango "hook").

Angle
member of a Teutonic tribe, O.E., from L. Angli "the Angles," lit. "people of Angul" (O.N. Öngull), a region in what is now Holstein, said to be so-called for its hook-like shape (see angle (v.)). People from the tribe there founded the kingdoms of Mercia, Northumbia,
and East Anglia in 5c. Britain. Their name, rather than the Saxons or Jutes, may have become the common one for the whole group of Gmc. tribes because their dialect was the first committed to writing. Both anglomania (1787) and anglophobia (1793) are first attested in writings of Thomas Jefferson.
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Medical Dictionary

angle an·gle (āng'gəl)
n.
The figure or space formed by the junction of two lines or planes.

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  1. A geometric figure formed by two lines that begin at a common point or by two planes that begin at a common line.

  2. The space between such lines or planes, measured in degrees. See also acute angle, obtuse angle, right angle.


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Example sentences
Angling the sink and simplifying wall treatments allowed the cramped and busy
  room to breathe easier.
Don't look for a sign, or for that matter a lobby or a bellhop angling for a
  tip.
The explanation: leaves from the tropics have evolved mechanisms for keeping
  cool, say by angling themselves away from the sun.
For one thing, more students than in previous years are angling for larger
  financial-aid packages.
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