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[ang-gyuh-ler] /ˈæŋ gyə lər/
having an angle or angles.
consisting of, situated at, or forming an angle.
of, relating to, or measured by an angle.
Physics. pertaining to quantities related to a revolving body that are measured in reference to its axis of revolution.
bony, lean, or gaunt:
a tall, angular man.
acting or moving awkwardly.
stiff in manner; unbending.
Also, angulose, angulous.
Origin of angular
1590-1600; < Latin angulāris having corners or angles, equivalent to angul(us) angle1 + -āris -ar1
Related forms
angularly, adverb
angularness, noun
interangular, adjective
semiangular, adjective
subangular, adjective
subangularly, adverb
subangularness, noun
unangular, adjective
unangularly, adverb
unangularness, noun
1. curved. 5. rotund. 6. graceful. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for angular
  • Conservation of angular momentum with a bullet hitting a merry go round.
  • Conservation of angular momentum explains why an ice skater spins more rapidly as she pulls her arms in.
  • Plants vary greatly in habit: some are low and spreading, others compact and bushy, still others upright and angular.
  • Since the angular momentum is constant, this means your angular velocity will increase.
  • Dainty pointed shoes with angular heels make the clothes cute and desirable.
  • Pictured is a reticulated giraffe, which has large, angular spots contrasting against bright white lines.
  • Besides throwing a curve into the usually angular vegetable garden, it saves space and is less likely to topple in wind.
  • To make these pictures useful for physics, it helps to know the angular size of the picture.
  • She had a sharp, angular face, a hooked nose and she had a strong chin.
  • Sit inside at angular stainless steel tables, or outside on a shady terrace.
British Dictionary definitions for angular


lean or bony
awkward or stiff in manner or movement
having an angle or angles
placed at an angle
measured by an angle or by the rate at which an angle changes
Derived Forms
angularly, adverb
angularness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin angulāris, from angulusangle1
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Word Origin and History for angular

1590s, from Latin angularis "having corners or angles," from angulus (see angle (n.)). Earlier in an astrological sense, "occupying a cardinal point of the zodiac" (late 14c.). Angulous "having many corners" is from mid-15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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