Late Middle English, from a variant of the earlier form dialectical slent, from Old Norse or another North Germanic source, cognate with Old Norse slent, Swedish slinta (“to slip”), Norwegian slenta (“to fall on the side”), from Proto-Germanic *slintaną. Probably influenced by aslant.
slant (plural slants)
- A slope; an incline, inclination.
- The house was built on a bit of a slant and was never quite level.
- A sloped surface or line.
- (mining) A run: a heading driven diagonally between the dip and strike of a coal seam.
- (typography) Synonym of ⟨ / ⟩, particularly in its use to set off pronunciations from other text.
- 1965, Dmitri A. Borgmann, Language on Vacation, page 240:
- An oblique movement or course.
- (biology) A sloping surface in a culture medium.
- A pan with a sloped bottom used for holding paintbrushes.
- A container or surface bearing shallow sloping areas to hold watercolors.
- (US, obsolete) A sarcastic remark; shade, an indirect mocking insult.
- (slang) An opportunity, particularly to go somewhere.
- (Australia, slang) A crime committed for the purpose of being apprehended and transported to a major settlement.
- (originally US) A point of view, an angle; a bias.
- It was a well written article, but it had a bit of a leftist slant.
- (US) A look, a glance.
- (US, ethnic slur, derogatory) A person with slanting eyes, particularly an East Asian.
- (typography): See slash
- To lean, tilt or incline.
- If you slant the track a little more, the marble will roll down it faster.
- On the side of yonder slanting hill.
- To bias or skew.
- The group tends to slant its policies in favor of the big businesses it serves.
- Oxford English Dictionary, 1884–1928, and First Supplement, 1933.