Definition of angular in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈaNGɡyələr/


1(Of an object, outline, or shape) having angles or sharp corners: angular chairs Adam’s angular black handwriting
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  • The odd and heavy feel of the wad of notes that his uncle had given to him was gone, but now in the money's place was a small box, soft and velvety to the touch, yet sharp and angular at the corners.
  • Peck used locally quarried andesite, a brittle stone that fractures into sharp, angular shapes and has a sparkly surface.
  • One shape should be sharp, angular and synthetic, while the other is soft, rounded and biomorphic.
sharp-cornered, pointed, V-shaped, Y-shaped
1.1(Of a person or part of their body) lean and having a prominent bone structure: her angular face
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  • Their green faces were pinched and angular, with massive black eyes and tiny sharp teeth.
  • Janssen, though beautiful, has no soft edges - her face is angular, her nose sharp, her amazing figure more sculpted than curved.
  • A young man, his angular features sharp as if whittled by a knife, led the self-criticism.
1.2(Of a person’s way of moving) not flowing smoothly; awkward or jerky: his movements were stiff and angular figurative the music is angular and sardonic
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  • The cast bursts into and out of the wings with jerky, angular jumps, as if someone were pulling hard on their strings.
  • The dance consisted of jerky, angular movements which frequently gave way to Kwan's fluid ease.
  • I'd imagine it would look something like the Elaine Benes full-body seizure, so jerky and angular that you can't help but cheer.
2chiefly Physics Denoting physical properties or quantities measured with reference to or by means of an angle, especially those associated with rotation: angular acceleration
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  • This ion has a single electron in its outer shell and its first excited energy level is split into a doublet as a result of interactions between the orbital and spin angular momenta of the electron.
  • The gyroscopes sense angular motion by measuring the Coriolis effect induced by rotation, using a vibrating MEMS structure.
  • Typically the driver turns the runners less than 5° to produce a lateral force on the front runners and an angular acceleration.
3 Astrology Located in or relating to one of the houses that begin at the four cardinal points.
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  • Many planets of one person's chart fall into the angular houses of the other's natal chart.
  • With his angular Mars, 8th house Moon and Scorpio Sun, George S. Patton was born to take no prisoners.
  • Those planets that are highlighted by having many aspects, hard aspects, in angular houses or outer planet conjunctions are good indicators of conflict.



Pronunciation: /ˌaNGɡyəˈlerədē/
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  • At times, the dancers appear to be flying or diving; at others, they move with the spasmodic angularity attributed to robots, their faces expressionless masks.
  • This face looks best in finer frames that don't draw attention to any heaviness or angularity.
  • The rhythmic angularity of the recontextualized rift imparts a temporary sense of disorientation that subverts the song's forward momentum.


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  • But Mrs Rocatti better arrive soon, before Dundee's angularly athletic goalkeeper earns himself a move elsewhere.
  • Irradiation of aminolevulinic acid/protoporphyrin IX-sensitized cells with 10 J cm - 2 of 514 nm light led to pronounced changes in angularly resolved light scattering consistent with mitochondrial swelling.
  • Hence, tests were one-tailed. t-Tests were performed on angularly transformed O allele frequencies with each population mean taken as a datum (n = 3 populations/selection regime).


Late Middle English (as an astrological term): from Latin angularis, from angulus (see angle1).

Words that rhyme with angular

quadrangular, rectangular, triangular

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Syllabification: an·gu·lar

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