What does slant mean?

Definitions for slant
slænt, slɑntslant

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word slant.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. slant, anglenoun

    a biased way of looking at or presenting something

  2. pitch, rake, slantverb

    degree of deviation from a horizontal plane

    "the roof had a steep pitch"

  3. slantverb

    lie obliquely

    "A scar slanted across his face"

  4. slant, angle, weightverb

    present with a bias

    "He biased his presentation so as to please the share holders"

  5. lean, tilt, tip, slant, angleverb

    to incline or bend from a vertical position

    "She leaned over the banister"

  6. cant, cant over, tilt, slant, pitchverb

    heel over

    "The tower is tilting"; "The ceiling is slanting"


  1. slantnoun

    A slope or incline.

    The house was built on a bit of a slant and was never quite level.

  2. slantnoun

    A bias, tendency, or leaning; a perspective or angle.

    It was a well written article, but it had a bit of a leftist slant.

  3. slantnoun

    A person of Asian descent.

  4. slantverb

    To lean, tilt or incline.

    If you slant the track a little more, the marble will roll down it faster.

  5. slantverb

    To bias or skew.

    The group tends to slant its policies in favor of the big businesses it serves.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SLANT, SLANTINGadjective

    Etymology: from slanghe, a serpent, Dutch. Stephen Skinner

    Late the clouds
    Justling, or push’d with winds, rude in their shock,
    Tine the slant lightning; whose thwart flame driv’n down,
    Kindles the gummy bark of fir and pine. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    The sun round the globe describes th’ Æquator line,
    By which wise means he can the whole survey
    With a direct or with a slanting ray,
    In the succession of a night and day. Richard Blackmore.


  1. slant

    A slant is a particular direction, angle, or perspective, often differing from a directly vertical or horizontal viewpoint. It can refer to an inclination or bias in terms of viewpoint or opinions, or a physical slope or incline. In geometry, it refers to an oblique line or surface.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Slantverb

    to be turned or inclined from a right line or level; to lie obliquely; to slope

  2. Slantverb

    to turn from a direct line; to give an oblique or sloping direction to; as, to slant a line

  3. Slantnoun

    a slanting direction or plane; a slope; as, it lies on a slant

  4. Slantnoun

    an oblique reflection or gibe; a sarcastic remark

  5. Slantverb

    inclined from a direct line, whether horizontal or perpendicular; sloping; oblique

  6. Etymology: [OE. slenten to slope, slide; cf. Sw. slinta to slide.]


  1. Slant

    A slant route is a pattern run by a receiver in American football, where the receiver runs up the field at approximately a 45-degree angle, heading to the gap between the linebackers and the linemen. Usually, the pass is used when the corner or nickelback are playing further away from the receiver, so a quick pass is able to be completed before the defender has time to try to break up the pass. The pass is used frequently in the West Coast system, where quick, accurate throwing is key. This route is most commonly used to exploit the cover 2 defense. Usually throwing in the seam between the safety and the cornerback is the key to getting a completion using this route.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Slant

    slant, adj. sloping: oblique: inclined from a direct line—also Slan′ting.—n. a slope: a gibe: (slang) a chance.—v.i. to turn in a sloping direction.—v.i. to slope, to incline towards: (Scot.) to exaggerate, to lie.—adj. Slantendic′ūlar, oblique: indirect.—advs. Slan′tingly, in a slanting direction: with a slope or inclination; Slant′ly, Slant′wise, in a sloping, oblique, or inclined manner.—Slant-of-wind, a transitory breeze of favourable wind. [Scand., Sw. slinta, to slide.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of slant in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of slant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of slant in a Sentence

  1. John Travolta:

    People really need to take time and read a book, you know, that’s my advice. You could read 'A New Slant on Life,' you could read 'Dianetics.' And I think if you really read it, you’ll understand it, but unless you do, you’ll speculate. And I think that’s a mistake to do that.

  2. Emily Dickinson:

    Tell the truth, but tell it slant.

  3. Eli Manning:

    A little double move, the safety (Reshad Jones) was getting low and got Odell on a slant. We hadn't practiced it in a while, but we talked about it earlier today that it might come up.

  4. Ted Sarandos:

    There’s no political slant to the programming.

  5. Emily Dickinson:

    There's a certain Slant of light, Winter Afternoons-- That oppresses, like the Heft Of Cathedral Tunes--

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  • مائلArabic
  • накло́нBulgarian
  • abschrägen, Schräge, neigenGerman
  • γέρνω, σχιστομάτης, προκατάληψη, κλίση, κλίνωGreek
  • inclinaciónSpanish
  • کجPersian
  • suunnata, viettää, asenne, painottaa, vinosilmä, näkökulma, rinneFinnish
  • bridé, pencher, incliner, bridée, connotation, biais, biaiserFrench
  • inclinazione, pendenza, pendio, tendenza, angolatura, occhi a mandorla, inclinare, pendereItalian
  • stantLatin
  • tītaha, hongaMāori
  • склон, скос, тенде́нция, узкогла́зый, наклоня́ть, наклони́ть, накло́н, укло́н, косина́Russian
  • naginjati, kosina, nagibSerbo-Croatian

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