slant

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Etymology[edit]

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.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈslænt/, /ˈslɑːnt/
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  • Hyphenation: slant
  • Rhymes: -ænt, -ɑːnt

Noun[edit]

slant (plural slants)

  1. A slope; an incline, inclination.
    The house was built on a bit of a slant and was never quite level.
  2. A sloped surface or line.
  3. (mining) A run: a heading driven diagonally between the dip and strike of a coal seam.
  4. (typography) Synonym of slash ⟨ / ⟩, particularly in its use to set off pronunciations from other text.
    • 1965, Dmitri A. Borgmann, Language on Vacation, page 240:
      Initial inquiries among professional typists uncover names like slant, slant line, slash, and slash mark. Examination of typing instruction manuals discloses additional names such as diagonal and diagonal mark, and other sources provide the designation oblique.
  5. An oblique movement or course.
  6. (biology) A sloping surface in a culture medium.
  7. A pan with a sloped bottom used for holding paintbrushes.
  8. A depression on a palette with a sloping bottom for holding and mixing watercolours.
  9. A palette or similar container with slants or sloping depressions.
  10. (US, obsolete) A sarcastic remark; shade, an indirect mocking insult.
  11. (slang) An opportunity, particularly to go somewhere.
  12. (Australia, slang) A crime committed for the purpose of being apprehended and transported to a major settlement.
  13. (originally US) A point of view, an angle.
    Synonym: bias
    It was a well written article, but it had a bit of a leftist slant.
  14. (US) A look, a glance.
    • 1916 March 11, Charles E. Van Loan, “His Folks”, in Saturday Evening Post[1]:
      All batters looked alike to him—I don't believe he ever took a slant at the averages;
    • 1920 June 1, The Electrical Experimenter, New York, page 213, column 1:
      `What do you want?' `Just a slant at the weapon,' said Fenner.
  15. (US, ethnic slur, derogatory) A person with slanting eyes, particularly an East Asian.

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Verb[edit]

slant (third-person singular simple present slants, present participle slanting, simple past and past participle slanted)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To lean, tilt or incline.
    If you slant the track a little more, the marble will roll down it faster.
  2. (transitive) To bias or skew.
    The group tends to slant its policies in favor of the big businesses it serves.
  3. (Scotland, intransitive) To lie or exaggerate.

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Adjective[edit]

slant

  1. Sloping; oblique; slanted.
    • 1797, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “The Destiny of Nations”
      The Laplander beholds the far-off Sun
      Dart his slant beam on unobeying snows, []
    • 1834, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], Francesca Carrara. [], volume II, London: Richard Bentley, [], (successor to Henry Colburn), OCLC 630079698, page 308:
      A slant ray of golden sunshine entered the chamber; it drew nearer and nearer as the hour went by, till it fell on Guido's bed.
    • 2015, Michael Z. Williamson, A Long Time Until Now
      By the eighth day, Alexander and Caswell had lashed together a hut with a slant roof []

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Noun[edit]

slant c

  1. (informal) coin

Declension[edit]

Declension of slant 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative slant slanten slantar slantarna
Genitive slants slantens slantars slantarnas

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Verb[edit]

slant

  1. past tense of slinta.