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Cognate with Old Norse slent. The verb form a variant of earlier English slent, probably influenced by aslant.



slant ‎(plural slants)

  1. A slope; an incline.
    The house was built on a bit of a slant and was never quite level.
  2. Slope, inclination.
  3. A sloped surface or line.
  4. (mining) A run: a heading driven diagonally between the dip and strike of a coal seam.
  5. (typography) Alternative term for slash ⟨ / ⟩, particularly in its use to set off pronunciations from other text.
  6. An oblique movement or course.
  7. (biology) A sloping surface in a culture medium.
  8. A pan with a sloped bottom used for holding paintbrushes.
  9. A container or surface bearing shallow sloping areas to hold watercolors.
  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; a bias.
    It was a well written article, but it had a bit of a leftist slant.
  14. (US) A look, a glance.
  15. (US, pejorative) A person with slanting eyes, particularly an East Asian.


  • (typography): See slash

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

  1. To lean, tilt or incline.
    If you slant the track a little more, the marble will roll down it faster.
    • Dodsley
      On the side of yonder slanting hill.
  2. To bias or skew.
    The group tends to slant its policies in favor of the big businesses it serves.

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