Diagram of an angle




  • To place (something) at an angle.
  • To change direction rapidly.
  • To present or argue something in a particular way or from a particular viewpoint.
  • To hamper (oneself or one's opponent) by leaving the cue ball in the jaws of a pocket such that the surround of the pocket (the "angle") blocks the path from cue ball to object ball.
  • To try to catch fish with a hook and line.
  • (with for) To attempt to subtly persuade someone to offer a desired thing.


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  • From Middle English angle, angul, angule, borrowed from Middle French angle, from Latin angulus, from Proto-Indo-European < *h₂eng-. Cognate with Old High German ancha, Middle High German anke. angulus.
  • From Middle English anglen, from Middle English angel, from Old English angel, angul, from Proto-Germanic *angulō, *angô, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂enk-. Cognate with West Frisian angel, Dutch angel, German Angel, German angeln, Icelandic öngull.

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