General English


  • noun the difference in direction between two lines or surfaces measured in degrees



  • The figure or measurement of a figure formed when two planes diverge from a common line.
  • In construction, a common name for an L-shaped metal member.


  • verb to deliver the ball in such a way that it either comes into or goes away from the striker at a considerable angle to the line of the wickets, the effect being typically achieved by means of swing or cut, and/or a bowling position relatively wide of the wicket
    Citation ‘Frank Tyson … says it is clear that the pace bowlers have to go round the wicket, bowl just short of a length, and angle the ball in at the left-hander’s stumps’ (Scyld Berry, Observer 2 January 1983)
  • verb (of the ball) to move into or away from the striker at a considerable angle to the line of the wickets
    Citation ‘He has been deceived into assuming an inswinger which proved to be a leg-cutter … or one which angled the other way off a “green” pitch’ (Arlott 1983)
  • verb to deflect the ball off the bat, usually into the area behind the wicket, with the face of the bat held at an angle to the ball’s line of flight
    Citation ‘Atherton, looking for the single that would have given him his half century, angled a delivery from Fanie de Villiers off the face of the bat towards third man’ (Mike Selvey, Guardian 26 August 1994)

Media Studies

  • noun the main point of focus when covering a story, usually stressed in the headline or introducing paragraph.


  • noun a corner where two sides join

Origin & History of “angle”

there have been two distinct words angle in English. The older is now encountered virtually only in its derivatives, angler and angling, but until the early 19th century an angle was a ‘fishing hook’ (or, by extension, ‘fishing tackle’). It entered the language in the Old English period, and was based on Germanic *angg- (source also of German angel ‘fishing tackle’). An earlier form of the word appears to have been applied by its former inhabitants to a fishhook-shaped area of Schleswig, in the Jutland peninsula; now Angeln, they called it Angul, and so they themselves came to be referred to as Angles. They brought their words with them to England, of course, and so both the country and the language, English, now contain a reminiscence of their fishhooks.

Angle in the sense of a ‘figure formed by two intersecting lines’ entered the language in the 14th century (Chaucer is its first recorded user). It came from Latin angulus ‘corner’, either directly or via French angle. The Latin word was originally a diminutive of *angus, which is related to other words that contain the notion of ‘bending’, such as Greek ágkūra (ultimate source of English anchor) and English ankle. They all go back to Indo-European *angg- ‘bent’, and it has been speculated that the fishhook angle, with its temptingly bent shape, may derive from the same source.