AskDefine | Define slant

Dictionary Definition



1 a biased way of looking at or presenting something [syn: angle]
2 degree of deviation from a horizontal plane; "the roof had a steep pitch" [syn: pitch, rake]


1 lie obliquely; "A scar slanted across his face"
2 present with a bias; "He biased his presentation so as to please the share holders" [syn: angle, weight]
3 to incline or bend from a vertical position; "She leaned over the banister" [syn: lean, tilt, tip, angle]
4 heel over; "The tower is tilting"; "The ceiling is slanting" [syn: cant, cant over, tilt, pitch]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A slope or incline.
    The house was built on a bit of a slant and was never quite level.
  2. A bias, tendency, or leaning; a perspective or angle.
    It was a well written article, but it had a bit of a leftist slant.
  3. A person of Asian descent


A slope or incline
A bias


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


To lean, slope or incline
To bias or skew

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Slant can refer to:
  • Bias or other non-objectivity in journalism, politics, academia or other fields
  • /(or Slant), a book by science fiction writer Greg Bear
  • Slant (fanzine), a fanzine by Walt Willis, winner of the 1954 Retrospective Hugo Award for Best Fanzine
  • A racial slur for people of Asian descent, in reference to the shape of their eyes.
  • The Slant, a student humor magazine at Vanderbilt University

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