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  Dictionary Definition of angle

noun one of a West Germanic people that migrated from Schleswig to Britain in the 5th century AD and founded the kingdoms of East Anglia, Mercia, and Northumbria. As early as the 6th century their name was extended to all the Germanic inhabitants of Britain.
[OE Angle, originally the inhabitants of Angel, a district of what is now Schleswig, said to be named from its hooklike shape.]
angle [1]
1. a. the space within two lines or three 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.
2. an angular projection; a projecting corner: the angles of a building.
3. an angular recess; a nook, corner: He corners Snoggers Boyd in an angle between living- and dining-room and asks again. -- THEA ASTLEY, 1974.
4. a. a point from which an object may be viewed: The blacks were for the most part lost in open-mouthed wonder as they examined the exhibit from every angle -- PATRICK WHITE, 1976. b. a cognitive standpoint: Though the truth is often many-sided, and difficult to see from every angle. -- PATRICK WHITE, 1976.
5. an aspect, side: to consider all angles of the question ; She loves the devoted wife angle. -- SUTTON WOODFIELD, 1960.
6. Colloquial a devious, artful scheme, method, etc.
7. Engineering angle iron.
-- verb ( angled, angling )
-- verb (t)
8. to move, direct, bend or present at an angle or in an angular course.
9. to put a slant or bias on (a question, statement, etc.).
10. to put into a corner; corner.
-- verb (i)
11. to move or bend in angles.
-- phrase
12. at an angle, slanting; not perpendicular ( to or from ).
[ME, from F, from L angulus ]