Definition of angulate in English:



[with object]technical
  • 1Hold, bend, or distort (a part of the body) so as to form an angle or angles.

    ‘the hindquarters are more strongly angulated than the forequarters’
    • ‘The previous day her mild dorsally angulated distal radial fracture had been manipulated under a Bier block in the emergency department.’
    • ‘Then twist and angulate your knees and ankles back toward the center, starting the new turn.’
    • ‘This fracture occurs with the hand dorsiflexed; the distal fracture segment is angulated dorsally and causes a ‘silver-fork’ deformity.’
    • ‘The radiograph showed perfect relocation of his previously angulated fracture.’
    • ‘Although the cells can show a spectrum of morphologic appearances, from round to slightly irregular, angulated, cleaved, or even cerebriform, the cells usually show little variation within an individual neoplasm.’
    • ‘Closed reduction may be required if the fracture is significantly angulated or displaced.’
    • ‘The spicules of bone, after alveolated parenchyma had been corroded off, revealed the characteristic coral-like branching and angulated bony spicules of DPO.’
    • ‘At this point I preferred to have a quick look myself, and indeed my daughter had a mildly angulated Smith's greenstick fracture.’
    • ‘Tuberculous infection may result in vertebral collapse and a sharply angulated deformity (Pott's disease).’
    • ‘The patellar ligament may be noted to angulate laterally from the axis of the quadriceps muscle.’
    • ‘Dogs bred to have exaggerated angulation in the hindquarters, extreme pelvic slope, or are poorly muscled, poorly angulated, and narrow in the hips seem more predisposed.’
    • ‘Imagine an open displaced angulated comminuted (yes, this is a quiz of sorts) clavicle fracture.’
    1. 1.1Skiing Incline (the upper body) sideways and outwards during a turn.
      ‘one of the hardest principles for a beginning skier to grasp is the necessity to angulate the upper half of the body’
      no object ‘you need to angulate slightly with the knees’
      • ‘During the traverse, we need to angulate, & rotate our body.’
      • ‘As you come round apply the pressure to the front of the down hill ski as you angulate once more.’
      • ‘In skiing we angulate with a combination of the hips, knees and ankles.’
      • ‘You can stand your feet on the same edge, angulate better than you can on skis, and now split-boards take away the problem of ascent in deep snow.’
      • ‘Angulate at the waist and keep your upper body square to the hill as you plant the pole down the hill.’
      • ‘Trust the downhill ski, even though it slips. Angulate. Chest away from the mountain, not into it.’


Late 15th century (as angulated, used chiefly as a botanical or zoological term): from Latin angulatus, past participle of angulare, from angulus ‘angle’. The skiing term dates from the 1970s.