Meaning of “angle” in the English Dictionary

"angle" in British English

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anglenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈæŋ.ɡəl/ us /ˈæŋ.ɡəl/

angle noun [ C ] (SPACE BETWEEN LINES)

C1 the space between two lines or surfaces at the point at which they touch each other, measured in degrees:

The interior angles of a square are right angles or angles of 90 degrees.
The boat settled into the mud at a 35° angle/at an angle of 35°.
at an angle

C1 not horizontal or vertical, but sloping in one direction:

The picture was hanging at an angle.
He wore his hat at a jaunty angle.

the corner of a building, table, or anything with straight sides

More examples

  • The wall was leaning at an angle of ten degrees to the perpendicular.
  • A right angle is an angle of 90°.
  • Trigonometry concerns the functions of angles, such as sine, cosine and tangent.
  • Slot piece A into piece B, taking care to keep the two pieces at right angles.
  • Her hat was cocked at a jaunty angle.

angleverb [ T ]

uk /ˈæŋ.ɡəl/ us /ˈæŋ.ɡəl/

(Definition of “angle” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"angle" in American English

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anglenoun [ C ]

us /ˈæŋ·ɡəl/

angle noun [ C ] (MEASUREMENT)

geometry the space measured in degrees between two lines or surfaces from the point where they meet:

The angles of a square are 90 degrees.
angle of depression

The angle of depression is the angle formed when viewing something from below the horizontal.

angle of elevation

The angle of elevation is the angle formed when viewing something from above the horizontal.

angle noun [ C ] (VIEW)

a position from which something is seen, or a way of seeing something:

The photographer kept moving around to find the best angle for the picture.
Look at this from another angle.


angleverb [ I/T ]

us /ˈæŋ·ɡəl/

angle verb [ I/T ] (VIEW)

to turn, or to move something so that it is not in a straight line or in the center:

[ I ] The path angles to the left.
[ T ] We angled the light to take the picture.

Phrasal verb(s)

(Definition of “angle” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)