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right angle

The lines intersect at right angles.
  an angle measuring 90 degrees
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  • The lines intersect at right angles.
  • He walked slowly toward the truck, his eyes on me the whole way, black beret tilted at exactly the right angle on his head.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • "You’ll be the public face of the strike," Rahel had said, placing the hat at precisely the right angle, to ride the swell of Yetta’s thick hair.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • I drove home and read the directions three times, and I held the stick at the right angle for the right number of seconds, and then I set it on the edge of the sink and ran away like it was a bomb.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • Pete Ramirez was a blandly handsome man a few years older than Mae, whose office seemed to have no desk, no chairs, no right angles.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Beside me, Will was asleep under the covers, his mouth slightly open, his elbow bent at a right angle in front of him.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • In 464 BCE, I caused an earthquake that wiped out most of Sparta by hitting a fault line at the right angle.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • He pulled the corpse between them and tried to make him bend in half; but the man in black was so stiff Fezzik really had to perspire to get him at right angles.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • Just then I caught sight of Sophie at the instant she pushed open the grimy glass front door of the bar, where a slant of golden light somehow captured at exactly the right angle the lovely swerve of her cheekbone below the oval eyes with their sleepy-sullen hint of Asia, and the broad harmony of the rest of her face, including—or, I should say, especially—the fine, elongated, slightly uptilted "Polish schnoz," as Nathan lovingly called it, which terminated in a nice little button.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He nails two pieces of wood at right angles, with another nail for the trigger.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye

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  • There wasn’t a right angle in the place.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Were it not for the branch beneath the balcony and the fact that I’d fallen onto it at just the right angle—I would have fallen to my death.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • The truck drifted to a stop where a dirt road opened at right angles to the highway.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • The streets of Wazir Akbar Khan were numbered and set at right angles to each other like a grid.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • I noticed the man playing on the reed had his big toes splayed out almost at right angles to his feet.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • His left arm was somewhat shorter than his right; when he stood or walked, the back of his hand was at right angles to his body, his thumb parallel to his thigh.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Struggling to get the right angle, he was suddenly distracted.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • There was a little passage in front of me, unpapered and uncarpeted, which turned at a right angle at the farther end.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • If I turned directly toward it and held out my left arm at a right angle, that way was west, the way I was headed.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Two of the brothers led Pierre up to the altar, placed his feet at right angles, and bade him lie down, saying that he must prostrate himself at the Gates of the Temple.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • But after closer investigation I found that I was lying on my stomach with my arm bent at a right angle.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Carefully, with the blade at just the right angle, she cut through a stalk of insistent rue.
    Toni Morrison  --  Beloved
  • It was dark gray, halfway down a corridor that ran at right angles to the main second-floor hallway.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • The instrument commonly used consists of two heavy beams of wood, secured together at right angles, and loaded with stones.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Holding one of the nails in his right hand, he showed me the right angle.
    Wilson Rawls  --  Where the Red Fern Grows
  • They left Pondicherry in 1954, leaving behind nice white buildings, broad streets at right angles to each other, street names such as rue de la Marine and rue Saint-Louis, and kepis, caps, for the policemen.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • So it was that one night, as Jurgis was on his way out with his gang, an engine and a loaded car dashed round one of the innumerable right-angle branches and struck him upon the shoulder, hurling him against the concrete wall and knocking him senseless.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Then, approaching at right angles to the trail and cutting off his retreat they saw a dozen wolves, lean and grey, bounding across the snow.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • The masters were in their places for the first chapel, seated in stalls in front of and at right angles to us, suggesting by their worn expressions and careless postures that they had never been away at all.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Finally Rhett turned the horse at right angles and after a while they were on a wider, smoother road.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • I tried and found by experiment that the tide kept sweeping us westward until I had laid her head due east, or just about right angles to the way we ought to go.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • I tore a part of the hem from the robe and placed the fragment at full length, and at right angles to the wall.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • A severe facade rose above this door; a wall, perpendicular to the facade, almost touched the door, and flanked it with an abrupt right angle.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • I noted the precision of his moves—the way he neatly opened the box of spaghetti before setting it aside and the way he worked the spatula in careful right angles as he browned the meat.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • The double doors are in the middle of the back hall; and persons entering find in the corner to their right two tall file cabinets at right angles to one another against the walls.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • When we reach that point we’ll refuse the line, form a new line at right angles.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • The one on the right had a neck so thick, it forced his head to jut forward at nearly right angles to his shoulders, giving him a stubborn, dim-witted appearance.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The lofty tower of its City Hall overlooked the whole panorama of the streets and avenues, which cut each other at right-angles, and in the midst of which appeared pleasant, verdant squares, while beyond appeared the Chinese quarter, seemingly imported from the Celestial Empire in a toy-box.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • The road selected was a continuation of the Via Sistina; then by cutting off the right angle of the street in which stands Santa Maria Maggiore and proceeding by the Via Urbana and San Pietro in Vincoli, the travellers would find themselves directly opposite the Colosseum.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Stilgar stood at one side motioning them into a low hole that opened at right angles.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • He worked along to a right angle in the bank which the men had made in the course of mining, and in this angle he came to bay, protected on three sides and with nothing to do but face the front.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • But far more terrible is it to behold, when fathoms down in the sea, you see some sulky whale, floating there suspended, with his prodigious jaw, some fifteen feet long, hanging straight down at right-angles with his body, for all the world like a ship’s jib-boom.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Then, holding the brand, he crossed a deep, narrow chasm in the rocks which ran at right angles with the passage they were in, but which, unlike that, was open to the heavens, and entered another cave, answering to the description of the first, in every essential particular.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • But some philosophical people have been asking why three dimensions particularly—why not another direction at right angles to the other three?
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • If you look at Baltimore’s syphilis rates on a graph, the line runs straight for years and then, when it hits 1995, rises almost at a right angle.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Telephone wires hum along the white roads, which always run at right angles.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • The door and window open at a right angle cause a draught of thirtytwo feet per second according to the law of falling bodies.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Their road to this detached cottage was down Vicarage Lane, a lane leading at right angles from the broad, though irregular, main street of the place; and, as may be inferred, containing the blessed abode of Mr. Elton.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Each held his spear at right angles toward the left, and, before the Wart could say anything further, there was a terrific yet melodious thump.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • I saw then that the unusually forlorn and stunted look of the house was partly due to the loss of what is known in New England as the "L": that long deep-roofed adjunct usually built at right angles to the main house, and connecting it, by way of storerooms and tool-house, with the wood-shed and cow-barn.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
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Associated words [difficulty]:   right angle [3] , acute [2] , acute [2] , obtuse [5] , acute angle [8] , acute angle [8]
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