Definition of slant in English:

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Pronunciation: /slant/


1Slope or lean in a particular direction; diverge or cause to diverge from the vertical or horizontal: [no object]: a plowed field slanted up to the skyline [with object]: slant your skis as you turn to send up a curtain of water
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  • The back of the heel should be vertical - not slanted.
  • I kept envisioning the streets, the fields that slanted upwards with the little dividing lines of trees running in order to separate properties.
  • Galorea shot off, ducking under the decaying beams that slanted over the wooden shanties.
slope, tilt, incline, be at an angle, tip, cant, lean, dip, pitch, shelve, list, bank
oblique, sloping, at an angle, on an incline, inclined, tilting, tilted, slanted, aslant, diagonal, canted, cambered
1.1(Especially of light or shadow) fall in an oblique direction: the early sun slanted across the mountains
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  • The rays of the sun slanted through the window and spilled into the room.
  • I want to be in Stockholm, when the cool morning light slants off the roofs of Gamla Stan.
  • The winter light slanted through the dying trees.
1.2 [with object] (often as adjective slanted) Present or view (information) from a particular angle, especially in a biased or unfair way: slanted news coverage
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  • Language can be invented, subverted, skewed, and slanted to make it look good, yet say nothing.
  • 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.
bias, distort, twist, skew, weight, give a bias to


1 [in singular] A sloping position: the hedge grew at a slant cut flower stems on the slant
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  • The world is at a slant in these paintings, askew, all slope.
  • Some were tilted 90 degrees; some were even at a slant.
  • 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.
slope, incline, tilt, gradient, pitch, angle, cant, camber, inclination
2A particular point of view from which something is seen or presented: a new slant on science
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  • 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.
  • Poetry in particular moves at a slant or tangent, taking advantage of the ambiguity of words, the various meanings to be found in them.
  • People were trying to look for a negative rather than a positive slant, which is the way they have chosen to go.
point of view, viewpoint, standpoint, stance, angle, perspective, approach, view, attitude, position;
bias, leaning


Sloping: slant pockets
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  • The button front skirt, with elastic in the back waist, has two deep slant pockets with security pockets hidden inside.
  • Use it on pants or shorts with a fly-front zipper and side-seam or slant pockets.
  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with slant

aren't, aslant, aunt, can't, chant, courante, détente, enchant, entente, grant, implant, Nantes, plant, shan't, supplant, transplant, underplant

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