Main definitions of angle in English

: angle1angle2

angle1

noun

  • 1The space (usually measured in degrees) between two intersecting lines or surfaces at or close to the point where they meet:

    ‘in any triangle, the longest side is opposite the largest angle’
    ‘spring-loaded hinges open the doors to any angle up to 90°’
    • ‘Some others may have been produced by sapping or sub-surface flows, giving shape to short stubby channels that join at 90 degree angles.’
    • ‘I found it, I measured it, and, well, I'm sorry, people, but an obtuse angle of 134 degrees just ain't a corner.’
    • ‘The lateral axes (first order shoots) diverge from the main trunk at angles of 80 degrees.’
    • ‘Both slopes intersect resting plane at angles varying between 50 and 70 degrees.’
    • ‘For the three line locus we are given a point P and three directed lines a, b, and c drawn to meet at given angles, three fixed straight lines.’
    • ‘The curve value is the number of degrees formed by the angle of intersection of these perpendiculars.’
    • ‘Reticles are in the second focal plane, so as power is changed the angle subtended by the space between lines varies.’
    • ‘Bend your elbows at 90-degree angles and keep them close to your body.’
    • ‘Figure 1 shows elevation angles for latitude 82 degrees north.’
    • ‘Extension involves the triceps muscle, and when fully extended the arm should be in a straight line - the elbow angle at 180 degrees.’
    • ‘The vertical time axis is the product of time and the speed of light so that world lines of light rays leaving the origin make a forty-five degree angle with each space axis.’
    • ‘The shear angle is the angle of intersection between the tangent to the waveform at position s and the tangent to the waveform at the base of the flagellum.’
    • ‘Bring the weights back down until your elbows form 90-degree angles.’
    • ‘The ICC experts say Muralitharan bends his arm to an angle of 14 degrees, and is proposing to allow a bend of up to 15 degrees.’
    • ‘The angles between two intersecting straight lines are equal.’
    • ‘Three hollow rays diverge at angles of 120 degrees from the central part.’
    • ‘The line must have clean-outs with tight fitting caps every 75 feet or less, or where the line has angles greater than 45 degrees.’
    • ‘The better the defender's peripheral vision, the closer the angle between man and ball approaches 180 degrees.’
    • ‘Located where the bisectors of a triangle's three angles intersect, the incenter is the center of the largest circle that can be inscribed inside that triangle.’
    • ‘Finally, objects subtending an angle less than 5 degrees cannot be detected irrespective of the L-receptor contrast value.’
    1. 1.1 A corner, especially an external projection or an internal recess of a part of a building or other structure:
      ‘a skylight in the angle of the roof’
      • ‘Because corners or other defined angles are the hardest ones to fit, select stones for those areas first and set them in place.’
      • ‘Scrim joints at internal and external angles (except where coincident with a metal bead).’
      • ‘If the nest is lined with soft or rotting bits of wood secured in the internal angles, the pair will derive endless pleasure from reducing it to crumbs.’
      • ‘With its metal projections and angles, wooden recesses and thin walls it has a serendipitous quality.’
      • ‘She examined the floor and all angles of the doorway and ladder, looking for any kind of plausible explanation.’
      • ‘Even so, Leroy has created a lovely hotel, and one that's quite unlike any other - a mix of wacky curves and angles, secret spaces and roaring log fires.’
      • ‘Looking at Tony Bevan's work almost makes your own neck ache, such is the empathy one feels with the contorted angles and distorted structures of his heads.’
      • ‘It was all tan brick and glass, the epitome of modern chic with sharp angles and vaulted ceilings.’
      • ‘There are no angles or corners in the enclosure with which to orient yourself.’
      • ‘The south front of the curtain, overlooking the crag, is tower-free but the south-east angle is projected outside to create a sort of bastion.’
      • ‘The walls had rounded angles with semicircular projecting bastions for artillery with an entrance on the south side.’
      • ‘On the other side of campus, the sun beats on new red-brick buildings with modern angles and minimalist steeples.’
      • ‘As he turned an angle of the building, he heard a sound as of a door gently closed, and saw in the darkness, indistinctly, the figure of a man, which instantly disappeared among the trees of the lawn.’
      • ‘The sharp angle breaks up the structure, making it feel lighter.’
      • ‘Exposed structure, unusual angles, and leaning walls give the building a noninstitutional energy.’
      • ‘Tonight of all nights you can expect bars and restaurants to bedeck every angle with TVs and those TVs to be tuned into the national elections.’
      corner, intersection, point, apex, cusp
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    2. 1.2 A measure of the inclination of one line or surface with respect to another:
      ‘sloping at an angle of 33° to the horizontal’
      • ‘The architect squeezed a labyrinth of wood-paneled corridors at odd angles within the already-small rooms.’
      • ‘In principle, if a ship had a clock keeping Greenwich time, the navigator could measure the angle of the Sun to note local noon and compare it to the clock.’
      • ‘Placards not yet on duty are held at a slope, at rakish angles over shoulders.’
      • ‘We had pushed the piano into the TV room the day before and now it sat toward the corner at an odd angle to the rest of the room.’
      • ‘This one is at a slight angle to the building, unlike the one by the entrance, but is no less imposing because of it.’
      • ‘The projected angle from the base of the fork suggests a gap would have remained, allowing a slim person to pass through.’
      • ‘His car flew into the corner at an incredible angle, and as Tsukamoto assured himself of his win he looked out the window…’
      • ‘If tilt is assumed to be the sole cause, the C-terminal helix of the peptide would need to be at a 300 angle with respect to the bilayer normal.’
      • ‘As you enter Turns 3 and 4, there are several humps that can upset the car if you enter the corner at the wrong angle.’
      • ‘It also took groups of points, formed angles from the lines between them, and compared the measure of those angles.’
      • ‘He rolled balls of varying size and weight down slopes with varying angles of incline. He showed that an object thrown into the air falls to the earth along a parabola.’
      • ‘The tilt of the shoulders and the angle at which you hold your blade, it tells not only the direction of the strike, but what type of strike as well.’
      • ‘The location of the focal spot within the bfp determines the inclination angle under which the collimated beam impinges on the upper surface of a microscope slide.’
      • ‘The best way to accomplish that is to play the ball a little forward in your stance and match your shoulders to the angle of the slope at address.’
      • ‘Ice surface slope angles were measured using a surveyor's clinometer.’
      • ‘The helical axis was tilted by an angle of 35° with respect to the central plane.’
      • ‘He's based this idea on a study of the angle, or inclination, of asteroid orbits.’
      • ‘However, the girl in question gave a silky smile, slanting her shoulders at a flattering angle, and winked at Spike flirtatiously.’
      • ‘For example, at each location on the globe, the geomagnetic field lines intersect the Earth's surface at a specific angle of inclination.’
      • ‘The precise angles at which these lines lie are also difficult to measure.’
      gradient, slant, inclination
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    3. 1.3 A position from which something is viewed or along which it travels or acts, typically as measured by its inclination from an implicit horizontal or vertical baseline:
      ‘from this angle Maggie could not see Naomi's face’
      • ‘They used to come at teams wave upon wave, using the width of the field to vary the angle of assault and building up such speed and crispness in their passing that when the time came for an incursion it would be a sudden thrust.’
      • ‘Some of this can be alleviated by changing the camera angle - the overhead view being the most useful.’
      • ‘Steven McDonnell added a free before he scored a great individual point from the tightest of angles in the right corner of the pitch.’
      • ‘Horizontal and vertical viewing angles are also fairly poor, with the screen looking washed out at you move up and down and going dark as you move to the side.’
      • ‘The mirror deflects a laser beam by rapidly switching its angle of orientation, building up the picture pixel by pixel.’
      • ‘The camera angles were outstanding and provided one of the most intimate viewing experiences you will ever find for a show of this magnitude.’
      • ‘For example, the left-hand image above is a photograph of a flat wall of a building taken from an angle.’
      • ‘They had probably seen planes hitting buildings from a dozen angles.’
      • ‘The game uses both first- and third-person camera angles to view the action.’
      • ‘The silk medium makes a filter effect on the pieces; viewing from angles other than directly in front ‘smudges’ the paintings.’
      • ‘Despite the team's expressed desire to create new forms in snow, the structure from certain angles had a traditional igloolike appearance.’
      • ‘I spent years memorizing every strategy, learning how to read gun angles, bullet projections, all of it!’
      • ‘For someone like me, who has to bring his eyes very close to the monitor to read the text, the low viewing angles will pose a problem.’
      • ‘Also, the colour of the denomination numeral shifts between gold and green when the banknote is viewed at different angles.’
      • ‘The sphere was scanned with a 1 mm step size, and the THz image was obtained for 18 different projection angles.’
      • ‘It's composed of shots of the interior of the building from various angles, with a natural sound track; it's a nice, simple film.’
      • ‘He moved the camera to a lower angle as I switched positions.’
      • ‘You can solve most background problems by moving the subject, the camera or changing the angle of view.’
      • ‘He's a master of visual flash, positioning cameras at myriad angles to enhance every car crash, explosion or close-up gun shot.’
      • ‘In bright sunlight, the blocks and shadows play curious visual tricks on the eye as you view the structure from different angles.’
  • 2A particular way of approaching or considering an issue or problem:

    ‘discussing the problems from every conceivable angle’
    ‘he always had a fresh angle on life’
    • ‘There followed a novel which was praised by Taki in the Spectator for its angle on the Western malaise.’
    • ‘Whatever the issue of the day's, he's got an angle on it.’
    • ‘But, to the extent that I had any angle on this issue, it was from interviewing current and retired career officers over the last year.’
    • ‘Intel has a strong commitment to employee wellbeing and approaches the issue from two angles.’
    • ‘For the historically minded, the Glenbow Museum offers a different angle on those good old boys of Canadian art, the Group of Seven.’
    • ‘I have a weird angle on things and people find it odd.’
    • ‘It might help us get a new angle on what we have here in Saltaire as well as finding out more about the other World Heritage sites.’
    • ‘But we approach a lot of issues from different angles and different viewpoints, and I respect him for that.’
    • ‘Do you reject this idea because you've thought through the issue, considered it from various angles, possibly testing it and then rejecting it?’
    • ‘If his latest drama promises to take a new angle on a popular political debate, his other new stage work, The Don, is, he believes, his most controversial.’
    • ‘Clay considers a new angle on the control of community structure.’
    • ‘In Masters week it comes into its own; a special supplement is produced every day with every conceivable angle on the great tournament on its doorstep meticulously covered.’
    • ‘For me, I guess the core reason was ‘fascination’ - things firing my imagination and integrating that with my angle on approaching the world.’
    • ‘I approached reproductive health issues from two angles.’
    • ‘I knew people like Liam in the children's home, it gives me a fresher angle on him than most have.’
    • ‘Diana also points out a different angle to consider.’
    • ‘When the subject matter is childhood itself, everyone has an angle on it, be they a child or an adult: it doesn't matter which end of the telescope you look through.’
    • ‘And then I thought, well, this is a different angle on it.’
    • ‘Try approaching the issue from many different angles.’
    • ‘Another angle on this comes from a writer called Johann Christoph Arnold.’
    perspective, way of looking at something, point of view, viewpoint, standpoint, position, side, aspect, slant, direction, approach, outlook, light
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  • 3Astrology
    [often with modifier] Each of the four cardinal points of a chart, from which the first, fourth, seventh, and tenth houses extend anticlockwise respectively.

    • ‘Each quadrant is then bound by two of the four angles of the horoscope.’
    • ‘The Midheaven, or MC is one of the most important angles in the birth chart.’
    • ‘‘Places of familiarity’ are the signs of the zodiac or angles in the chart which reinforce a planet's natural disposition.’
    • ‘The final grand trine comes from the dark angle or the 4th house - the lowest point in heaven.’
    • ‘The horary chart had fixed signs on all four angles.’
  • 4[mass noun] Angle iron or a similar constructional material made of another metal:

    ‘the supporting frame is usually of aluminium angle bolted together’
    • ‘Usually, the steel angle or steel lintel is below the stone surround.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Direct or incline at an angle:

    ‘he angled his chair so that he could watch her’
    • ‘Hold a pair of dumbbells loosely in your palms and angle them slightly toward your head.’
    • ‘Once in place it was very secure and, as the screen can be angled in any direction, it was easy to see.’
    • ‘Then, angling her flashlight to direct the beam ahead of her, she carefully inspected the wall to her right until she found a hole the size of a nickel disguised in the carvings.’
    • ‘They walked through the main corridor and deeper into the headquarters for three minutes before Vanessa started angling him towards another corridor.’
    • ‘She looked at me sidelong, angling her head towards me.’
    • ‘I angled the visor toward the other fellow's hands.’
    • ‘You should also slightly angle the sitter's chair so that one shoulder is closer to the camera and get the subject to turn their head to face the camera again.’
    • ‘And don't angle that camera up to those high ceilings - I haven't figured out how to get up there with the roller brush yet.’
    • ‘Chris angled the overhead microphone toward his lips.’
    • ‘Stone did as instructed and angled the helicopter toward the aircraft's last known location.’
    • ‘‘Try putting your foot a little more toward the edge and angle it a bit,’ the guy called.’
    • ‘‘We're on our way,’ Valo said, angling the freighter towards a huge starship.’
    • ‘She rolled her eyes and wondered why she even asked when she saw him standing a little further away, angling his camera for a shot.’
    • ‘She angled her stride directly to him, and before he could get even a ‘Hello’ past his lips she slapped him across the cheek.’
    • ‘When the show went out about 6 weeks later I was surprised at just how much they had angled those cameras onto the people in our group.’
    • ‘After more vertical drilling at the same location next summer, the main hole will be angled off toward the northeast to pierce the fault zone itself.’
    • ‘Jacinta turned away from Brooks, shifting her body in the chair to distance and angle herself physically away from him.’
    • ‘The basketball players didn't keep their feet parallel; they angled them toward the outside.’
    • ‘You need to angle the branches towards a prop, whether it be a fence, wires or another plant.’
    • ‘A sudden sound cut him off and he angled his gaze towards the curtain that Aja yanked open.’
    tilt, slant
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    1. 1.1[no object, with adverbial of direction] Move or be inclined at an angle:
      ‘still the rain angles down’
      • ‘Her red hair gleamed in the light of the late afternoon sun angling down into the courtyard.’
      • ‘As the two bay mares dueled in the lane, Finery angled to the outside following a ground-saving trip midpack and kicked home in the final strides to edge Madeira Mist.’
      • ‘It is a luxuriant depiction of competition: from the tops of the trees down to the river's edge, the canvas crackles with jostling leaves angling toward the morning sun.’
      • ‘One of the spiny legs went into the air, angling down for him, but he moved his sword, made with the strange black stone from the Dragon Hills, and easily cleaved it off mid-joint.’
      • ‘The cab chose a proper moment to angle into the parking area where they were standing.’
      • ‘Adriana judged they were moving eastward, by hints of the sun that angled down through the high canopy of branches.’
      • ‘Through the telescope that morning, I could see the surface of the Moon receding, curving back, angling away from the Sun and around the lunar horizon and out of sight.’
      • ‘Northern Quest moved up on the inside through the turn, then angled out for running room as he quickly consumed Exciting Fanfare's lead.’
      • ‘He angled out into the lane and easily collared the leader, then proceeded to extend his lead down the stretch for his third Group / Grade 1 victory of the year.’
      • ‘But when the soap-opera sun rose, it angled to the left.’
    2. 1.2[with object] Present (information) to reflect a particular view or have a particular focus:
      ‘angle your answer so that it is relevant to the job for which you are applying’
      • ‘Our news stories will be angled differently, and the upside of having lots of media publications is that many angles get covered.’
      • ‘It soon became apparent what the 16PF questions were angled towards, and some of the multiple choice replies were quite restrictive.’
      present, slant, give a particular slant to, orient
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Phrases

  • at an angle

    • In a direction or at an inclination markedly different from parallel, vertical, or horizontal with respect to an implicit baseline:

      ‘she wore her beret at an angle’
      ‘an armchair was drawn up at an angle to his desk’
      • ‘Rocks that lie at an angle must have been tilted after the sediments were consolidated.’
      • ‘Due to the fact that the main shaft was steeply sloping rather than vertical, the ropes were also rigged at an angle.’
      • ‘I would suggest using bricks, which, if inserted at an angle, can also be very pleasing to the eye.’
      • ‘Instead, a portion of the stick slid down and tilted at an angle, like a hockey stick.’
      • ‘The man tilted the book upwards at an angle so I couldn't see the contents and turned back the cover.’
      • ‘Other versions attach to the wall or descend from the ceiling vertically or at an angle.’
      • ‘It would start off tilted at an angle and would gradually straighten up as the glasses filled.’
      • ‘The effect on light is the same - as it enters the glass at an angle, it bends in one direction.’
      • ‘This is uncomfortable, so instead I cross my legs and face the computer at an angle.’
      • ‘Any headstone, old or new, that moves has to be secured by having steel rods drilled through it at an angle, rooting it firmly.’
      at a slant, on the slant, not straight, sloping, slanting, slanted, slantwise, slant, oblique, leaning, inclining, inclined, angled, cambered, canted
      askew, skew, lopsided, crooked, tilting, tilted, atilt, dipping, out of true, out of line
      squint
      declivitous, declivous, acclivitous, acclivous
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  • from all angles

    • From every direction or point of view:

      ‘they come shooting at us from all angles’
      • ‘They are three superb footballers, they can shoot on sight, score from all angles and we are really up against it.’
      • ‘However, although this is fine when looking from the front I feel that the artist hasn't fully considered his creation from all angles.’
      • ‘Experienced correspondents will not spout the other side's view, they will assess the story from all angles.’
      • ‘People can look at it from all angles and draw their own conclusions.’
      • ‘He was summarily attacked from all angles, mostly by women.’
      • ‘There are good points to each side and we need more unbiased people that are willing to look at them from all angles.’
      • ‘Plant to one side or the other, looking at the new tree from all angles to make sure it looks good from every direction.’
      • ‘Democrats, as a whole, love to be able to see things from all angles.’
      • ‘Killian and Thomas Tallon were about to board Killian Dad's boat to view the Seagull II from all angles.’
      • ‘He studied the problem, considering it from all angles.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin angulus corner.

Pronunciation:

angle

/ˈaŋɡ(ə)l/

Main definitions of angle in English

: angle1angle2

angle2

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1Fish with a rod and line:

    ‘there are no big fish left to angle for’
    • ‘Normally tranquil Morden Hall Park has been beset over the past months by fisherman angling in the River Wandle, even though a by-law bans fishing because of conservation reasons.’
    • ‘At sea three more fatalities occurred from people angling from boats and rock fishing off our coastline.’
    • ‘When possible, the field crew angled in the vicinity of the fish they were tracking, and on several occasions captured striped bass in this manner.’
    • ‘Sports fisherman Tomas Plattig, who has been angling on the Capilano for 25 years, said he became concerned this week after noticing the shopping carts in the river.’
    • ‘This piece of kit is obviously designed for world-wide distribution and seems to be the ideal tool for all lure anglers whether they angle in salt or fresh-water.’
    • ‘Even so, carp anglers have been theorising on the use of ‘specials’ for as long as people have angled for cypry, and the carp bait industry is huge.’
    • ‘Stepping back in time, Edison broke a bamboo fishing rod while angling near Rawlins and that night he threw it on the campfire.’
    • ‘For the urban poor, the storm waters bring a unique opportunity to angle for fish in the swollen canals criss-crossing the city.’
    • ‘Afterwards, Pa pointed out a good spot and Adam settled down on a large rock to angle for catfish.’
    • ‘If you like to go fishing, chances are you've angled for trout.’
    • ‘Salmon and sardine would be better fish to angle for.’
  • 2Seek something desired by indirectly prompting someone to offer it:

    ‘Ralph had begun to angle for an invitation’
    • ‘From Russia to Libya to Venezuela, investment terms and tax regimes are becoming less favorable as governments angle for a bigger cut of the oil wealth.’
    • ‘After spending the last two seasons angling for a move the Premiership his form and free transfer status instead look to have led him to La Liga champions Barcelona.’
    • ‘You tried to angle for Dylan so you, of course, failed.’
    • ‘O'Neal never has angled to have a say in personnel moves, but he's not happy with the quality of the players around him.’
    • ‘Labor - and some trial lawyers - will angle for more money, plus a government backstop for the trust.’
    try to get, seek to obtain, make a bid for, aim for, cast about for, cast around for, cast round for, solicit, hope for, look for
    fish for, be after
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noun

archaic
  • A fish hook:

    ‘you will be pleased too, if you find a Trout at one of our Angles’

Origin

Old English angul (noun); the verb dates from late Middle English.

Pronunciation:

angle

/ˈaŋɡ(ə)l/

Main definitions of angle in English

: angle1angle2

Angle

noun

  • A member of a Germanic people, originally inhabitants of what is now Schleswig-Holstein, who came to England in the 5th century ad. The Angles founded kingdoms in Mercia, Northumbria, and East Anglia and gave their name to England and the English.

    • ‘The Angles held Gregory in particularly high esteem, and traced their conversion to his missionary efforts in 597 A.D., even though Roman Britain had seen Christianity hundreds of years earlier.’
    • ‘The story of Yorkshire dialect began in earnest in the fifth century AD with the arrival on these shores of the Angles, Saxons and other Germanic migrants from what is now northern Germany and southern Scandinavia.’
    • ‘The name of the country and the term ‘English’ derive from the Old English word for one of the three Germanic peoples that invaded the British Isles in the fifth century C. E., the Angles.’
    • ‘His great-grandson Edward began as king of the West Saxons, became king of Mercia after the death of his sister who ruled there, and took over the kingdom of the East Angles after a series of military campaigns.’
    • ‘The Angles, Saxons, Danes, Frisians and other invaders intermarried with the existing Romano-British Celts, Romans, Jutes, Gauls, Greeks and Lombards.’
    • ‘This explanation sounds plausible, but we need to be wary of assuming that the Danes and East Angles still thought of themselves as fundamentally different from one another.’
    • ‘I have always understood the Angles, Saxons and Jutes were Germanic tribes who moved to Britain following the retreat of the Roman Empire.’
    • ‘These fierce and savage warriors actually consisted of Jutes, Friesians, Angles and Saxons.’
    • ‘From these and other scraps came the long-accepted story of the Anglo-Saxon takeover of Britain: of raids by Angles, Saxons, and Jutes from north Germany and Denmark, followed by piecemeal settlement and conquest.’
    • ‘The collapse of Roman rule in the early fifth century ended urban life, as groups of Germanic Angles, Jutes, and Saxons carved the country into tribal enclaves and later created the heptarchy.’
    • ‘Yet Angles and Saxons were settlers from the continent, and for 250 years before the Norman Conquest Britain and Ireland were subject to more invasion and settlement from Scandinavia.’
    • ‘The Romans, the Angles, the Normans - and, more recently, the industrial revolution - all left their mark.’
    • ‘With the departure of the Romans, the British Isles were invaded by a succession of warlike peoples from the European mainland, including the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes; there were also persistent Danish raids.’
    • ‘In the eleventh century, the Scottish kingdom was a politico-ethnic patchwork of Scots, Picts, Angles, and Britons.’
    • ‘In an attempt to track the genes associated with common diseases, the University of Oxford is conducting a new project to find genetic links to invading populations of Vikings, Saxons and Angles.’
    • ‘We could then be clear whether the ‘aboriginal’ British are the Picts, Scots and Welsh, or whether such recent immigrants as Angles, Saxons, Danes and suchlike also qualify.’
    • ‘The tribes we're following - the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes - lived on the coast of West Germany and Denmark and spoke various Frisian dialects.’
    • ‘To the south, in England, heathenism still reigned in the various kingdoms ruled by the Jutes, Angles, and Saxons, and pagan gods were worshipped.’
    • ‘The Angles eventually took the remainder of England as far north as the Firth of Forth, including the future Edinburgh and the Scottish lowlands’.’
    • ‘But her report says the citadel ‘puts Stirling firmly on the map at a time when Picts, Scots, Britons and Angles ruled their separate kingdoms in the four quarters of mainland Scotland’.’

Origin

From Latin Anglus, (plural) Angli the people of Angul, a district of Schleswig (now in northern Germany), so named because of its shape; of Germanic origin, related to Old English angul (see angle). Compare with English.

Pronunciation:

Angle

/ˈaŋɡ(ə)l/