Definition of slant in English:

slant

verb

  • 1[usually with adverbial of direction] Slope or lean in a particular direction; diverge or cause to diverge from the vertical or horizontal.

    [no object] ‘a ploughed field slanted up to the skyline’
    [with object] ‘slant your skis as you turn’
    • ‘I kept envisioning the streets, the fields that slanted upwards with the little dividing lines of trees running in order to separate properties.’
    • ‘At work the toilet bowl's rim is angled downwards to the inside - so the outer rim edge is higher than the inner rim edge (i.e. the rim slants into the toilet).’
    • ‘Shortly after noon, the valley's pass began to widen slowly, the mountainous sides slanting somewhat away from vertical.’
    • ‘At the mouth the shallow banks of the creek slanted sharply down around a large, flat boulder protruding from the lake, creating a miniature canyon of mud.’
    • ‘The way they shoot, the bullet will slant at an upward angle, past the armor.’
    • ‘If it's a grave it slants from bottom left to top right, as grave accents tend to.’
    • ‘According to the principles of calligraphy, writing should be upright or slanting to the right.’
    • ‘A cold stone passage lay just beyond, pitch black and slanted at a diagonal.’
    • ‘Follow the narrow path slanting to the left down the hillside to join the walled track of Cam High Road.’
    • ‘Gentle, rolling hills bring the village slanting towards the waters of Morecambe Bay, where visitors enjoying a pint at one of the village's pubs on a summer evening can watch the remarkable tidal bore rush in.’
    • ‘If you plot the pressure of an enclosed gas on a vertical axis against its temperature on the horizontal scale, you get a straight line slanting upward to the right.’
    • ‘Galorea shot off, ducking under the decaying beams that slanted over the wooden shanties.’
    • ‘Ahead, unknown to him, the narrow walkway was about to end, slanting diagonally toward the road, funneling the man's steps toward the pavement, the hurtling cars.’
    • ‘The darkened ceiling slanted down toward the eaves; on it, above the lamp was a pale blurry oval.’
    • ‘All I can say is that trying to change a baby who is convinced that changing time is for rolling on a concrete bench which slants in one direction is most definitely a challenge.’
    • ‘We barreled along, past wooden shacks slanting in on themselves, ruins of fishing villages that dated from the days of the czars.’
    • ‘The back of the heel should be vertical - not slanted.’
    • ‘It's a page torn from a school notebook, slanting scrawled handwriting on it.’
    • ‘The foot is not fully pointed-straight up and down, with the toes aiming directly to the floor; it is angled or slanted back, in a beveled position.’
    • ‘Why, at the open end, are the vertical edges of the long sides slightly slanted?’
    oblique, sloping, at an angle, angled, not straight, on an incline, inclined, tilting, tilted, atilt, slanted, aslant, slantwise, diagonal, canted, cambered, leaning, dipping, shelving, listing
    crooked, askew, skew
    squint
    cater-cornered, catty-cornered, kitty-corner
    slope, tilt, incline, be at an angle, angle, tip, cant, be askew, skew, lean, dip, pitch, shelve, list, bank, heel
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    1. 1.1(especially of light or shadow) fall in an oblique direction.
      ‘the early sun slanted across the mountains’
      • ‘The sun was a glowing hemisphere, its faint rays slanting across the sea.’
      • ‘She saw sunlight slanting through the hospital windows, landing on the foot of her bed.’
      • ‘The rays of the sun slanted through the window and spilled into the room.’
      • ‘As the afternoon sun sank lower, the long beams slanting across the coffee shop floor made me want to curl up and sleep like a lazy cat.’
      • ‘For a photographer, often the best light in which to photograph the Dales is early morning or late afternoon, when the sunlight slants across the hills from the side.’
      • ‘As sunlight slants down on another late afternoon, you are strumming on a guitar, eating shepherd's pie, and sipping rum-laced coffee.’
      • ‘The sunlight slanted through the trees, casting long shadows across his path.’
      • ‘It was brighter in there than it'd been the last time I'd visited: Light slanted in through the front windows, sunbeams visible in the smoky air.’
      • ‘Sunlight slanted through the windows, illuminating his blond hair, now peppered with gray.’
      • ‘Its smallish greens slant and cant at aggravating angles.’
      • ‘A cold slanting, pummelling rain was hitting the beach as I drove in from Redondo.’
      • ‘The same light slanted across her face, illuminating her pale green eyes and making her slightly tanned skin glow.’
      • ‘The winter light slanted through the dying trees.’
      • ‘It was the rain, you see, slanting down at just the right angle to make the brolly work for its living.’
      • ‘We neared the end of a forty-hour shift, but the electric forklift in the freezer had broken down, so there we waited, snowflakes slanting through worklights on the masts of both ships.’
      • ‘Beams of sunlight slanted down, flickering whenever a ripple broke the calm of the surface.’
      • ‘We sat on our horses, and I watched the huts as the creeping shadows slanted across them.’
      • ‘Light slanted in from the window at the end of the long, rectangular walls, falling across the sneakers hanging on their peg.’
      • ‘I want to be in Stockholm, when the cool morning light slants off the roofs of Gamla Stan.’
      • ‘Light slanted through the canopy of trees that sheltered the abandoned field, causing Qiara to shield her face, and squint her eyes up at the sun.’
  • 2[with object] Present or view (information) from a particular angle, especially in a biased or unfair way.

    ‘slanted news coverage’
    • ‘And they mean to heavily slant the peer review process towards industry-funded scientists.’
    • ‘I agree that this is ridiculously politically slanted in one direction.’
    • ‘Other articles to date seem to be slanted one way and give a biased direction.’
    • ‘The commission was asked to determine, among other things, whether the administration pressured analysts to slant their intelligence findings.’
    • ‘Of course, former adversaries have reason to slant their portrayal of matters.’
    • ‘They will undoubtedly be slanting their results in order to sell their services to you.’
    • ‘And I don't think I'd mind that the paper was slanted if it was well-written.’
    • ‘Do you think the whole record industry is slanted against artists?’
    • ‘Blogs aren't supposed to be non-partisan, and there's plenty of ethical questions that arise when someone working for Big Media takes cash in return for slanting their work.’
    • ‘He does not quote anyone saying the poll is not slanted.’
    • ‘She largely succeeds with the former - although I do think she's wrong to say that if an autobiographer slants her story to fit her own purposes, the enterprise is doomed.’
    • ‘I don't think his monologues have been slanted and even if they were, so what?’
    • ‘It also gives conservative scholars ideological license to adjust their methods to produce the desired result - everybody slants their research, whether they admit it or not.’
    • ‘As several readers have noted, Coleman no doubt slanted his descriptions of the bar patrons to make them sound ill-informed and bigoted.’
    • ‘Even in such a forum, it is often the media's approach that slants coverage against supporters of reparations.’
    • ‘When networks run slanted stories that always favor the liberal cause, we serve a worthwhile function by exposing the slant and the consistency of the bias.’
    • ‘It is probably fair to say that most Big Media outlets, whether owned by a giant corporation, a family, or an individual, occasionally slant coverage to favor their financial interests.’
    • ‘Language can be invented, subverted, skewed, and slanted to make it look good, yet say nothing.’
    • ‘The stakes rise as his personal life is sacrificed for the case, and everybody sides with the corporation to slant the case against him.’
    • ‘Okay, yes, they'll slant the statistics to suit their arguments, but in the main they are accountable for what they say and any massaging of data will be subtly done.’
    bias, distort, twist, skew, colour, weight, spin, angle, orient, give a slant to, give a bias to
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noun

  • 1[in singular] A sloping position.

    ‘the hedge grew at a slant’
    ‘cut flower stems on the slant’
    • ‘With some few exceptions, the Pennsylvania axe generally has a slanted base, sloping towards the back, and complementing the slant at the top of the blade plate.’
    • ‘Innes' own piece, an abstract work with deep purple and white squares, is not only placed out of view in a private room but has been hung at a slant.’
    • ‘His head rested at a slant, his unseeing eyes staring at the ground.’
    • ‘Pearson shared his wall with the computer station, plus it was shorter than ours since our front door, the one that led to the living room, was at a slant.’
    • ‘Cabinets filled the corners and the ceiling was at a slant, it was obvious to the oblivious that this room was underneath a staircase.’
    • ‘Many hung close to the ceiling, the floor, or at a slant.’
    • ‘If doubt may arise as to which end of the cutting is the top, cut the top end of each cutting at a slant and cut the bottom horizontally.’
    • ‘Recently, Jenkins used two pairs of paintings in a home at a slant where dormer windows met a wall in order to create height in a small space.’
    • ‘Some were tilted 90 degrees; some were even at a slant.’
    • ‘Bring your knees to your chest, when you get to the other side - while still holding onto the bars - and push yourself up, at a slant.’
    • ‘The world is at a slant in these paintings, askew, all slope.’
    • ‘In contrast, when the plant becomes a creeper, the fibers run more at a slant [see illustration below].’
    • ‘The twin long swords, one sword-belt around his waist, the other at a slant to his side, hung comfortably around him, their weight reassuring.’
    • ‘I was dizzy and at a slant that the dusty road put me on.’
    • ‘While unit is still warm enough that syrup has not hardened, scrape off with a single-edge razor blade held at a slant, being careful not to cut fingers or scratch the cooktop.’
    • ‘At their feet, the artist painted a weird shape that turns out to be a grinning skull when you hold the picture at a slant and view it in the right way.’
    • ‘Fingers on the right hand are behind the ones of the left hand at a slant, thumb tips touching each other.’
    • ‘‘We might find some new friends, but I bet they're just like us,’ Steven said as he sat with his legs stretched out together and his arms handing his body up at a slant.’
    • ‘She heard a soft knock on her window and saw the silhouette of Chris sitting on the slant outside her window.’
    • ‘He lays a red shaft at his feet, pointing toward the target, and sticks a purple one in the ground behind him at a slant.’
    slope, incline, tilt, ramp, gradient, pitch, angle, rake, cant, camber, skew, leaning, inclination, shelving, listing
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  • 2A particular point of view from which something is seen or presented.

    ‘a new slant on science’
    • ‘People were trying to look for a negative rather than a positive slant, which is the way they have chosen to go.’
    • ‘Poetry in particular moves at a slant or tangent, taking advantage of the ambiguity of words, the various meanings to be found in them.’
    • ‘These two books, and the others they have written, are sheer delight as well as deep, repeatedly startling the reader with something unexpected, or coming at something familiar but at a slant.’
    point of view, viewpoint, standpoint, stance, angle, perspective, approach, view, opinion, attitude, position, frame of reference
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adjective

  • [attributive] Sloping.

    ‘slant pockets’
    • ‘The slant launching method, unlike vertical launch, allows the missile's on-board seeker to be locked on to the target before launch.’
    • ‘A trickle of blood came down the slant side of the podium and dripped off the side.’
    • ‘Elapsed time is recorded between the emitted and returning signals, to compute a slant distance.’
    • ‘Use stay tape on the slant pocket seam edge to prevent it from stretching.’
    • ‘Use it on pants or shorts with a fly-front zipper and side-seam or slant pockets.’
    • ‘The resulting dikaryons were cultured on slant medium to test for fruiting phenotypes.’
    • ‘Similarly noncleavage fracture in thin sheets of engineering materials occurs exclusively by shear rupture and the fracture profile appears similar to the slant fracture.’
    • ‘But on the first play of the fourth quarter, Beuerlein's slant pass to a wide-open Smith was behind him.’
    • ‘His old eyes, brown and lazy, gazed ahead from under a slant brow.’
    • ‘The fracture surface is a fibrous slant fracture.’
    • ‘David Carr's first quarter slant pass to Jabar Gaffney deflected into the hands of Marlon McCree, who returned the interception 35 yards to the Texan.’
    • ‘Amani Toomer has the speed to break big plays, the size to do damage on slant patterns and the hands to make the spectacular catch.’
    • ‘Then John drilled me on a slant pattern that put the ball on the eight-yard line.’
    • ‘The button front skirt, with elastic in the back waist, has two deep slant pockets with security pockets hidden inside.’
    • ‘Defenses also often walked out a linebacker to Moss' side of the field to help defend slant routes.’
    • ‘This made Mason an easy target for a slant route.’
    • ‘In mid to late spring the slant roofs would be taken down again.’
    • ‘The passing attack will continue to emphasize slant patterns and crossing routes.’
    • ‘One disadvantage of a slant load is for people with large horses.’
    at a slant, on the slant, at an angle, not straight, slanting, slanted, slantwise, slant, oblique, leaning, inclining, inclined, angled, cambered, canted
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Origin

Late Middle English: variant of dialect slent, of Scandinavian origin, probably influenced by aslant.

Pronunciation:

slant

/slɑːnt/