Definition of angulate in English:



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

    ‘the hindquarters are more strongly angulated than the forequarters’
    • ‘Tuberculous infection may result in vertebral collapse and a sharply angulated deformity (Pott's disease).’
    • ‘This fracture occurs with the hand dorsiflexed; the distal fracture segment is angulated dorsally and causes a ‘silver-fork’ deformity.’
    • ‘Closed reduction may be required if the fracture is significantly angulated or displaced.’
    • ‘Imagine an open displaced angulated comminuted (yes, this is a quiz of sorts) clavicle fracture.’
    • ‘Then twist and angulate your knees and ankles back toward the center, starting the new turn.’
    • ‘The spicules of bone, after alveolated parenchyma had been corroded off, revealed the characteristic coral-like branching and angulated bony spicules of DPO.’
    • ‘The patellar ligament may be noted to angulate laterally from the axis of the quadriceps muscle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The previous day her mild dorsally angulated distal radial fracture had been manipulated under a Bier block in the emergency department.’
    • ‘At this point I preferred to have a quick look myself, and indeed my daughter had a mildly angulated Smith's greenstick fracture.’
    • ‘The radiograph showed perfect relocation of his previously angulated fracture.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 Incline (the upper body) sideways and outward during a turn.
      no object ‘angulate slightly with the knees’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘During the traverse, we need to angulate, & rotate our body.’
      • ‘In skiing we angulate with a combination of the hips, knees and ankles.’
      • ‘As you come round apply the pressure to the front of the down hill ski as you angulate once more.’


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.