**Angle** is also used to designate the measure of an angle or of a rotation. This measure is the ratio of the length of a circular arc to its radius. In the case of an angle (figure), the arc is centered at the vertex and delimited by the sides. In the case of a rotation, the arc is centered at the center of the rotation and delimited by any other point and its image by the rotation.

The word *angle* comes from the Latin word *angulus*, meaning "a corner". The word *angulus* is a diminutive, of which the primitive form, *angus*, does not occur in Latin. Cognate words are the Greek ἀγκύλος *(ankylοs)*, meaning "crooked, curved," and the English word "ankle". Both are connected with the Proto-Indo-European root **ank-*, meaning "to bend" or "bow".

Euclid defines a plane angle as the inclination to each other, in a plane, of two lines which meet each other, and do not lie straight with respect to each other. According to Proclus an angle must be either a quality or a quantity, or a relationship. The first concept was used by Eudemus, who regarded an angle as a deviation from a straight line; the second by Carpus of Antioch, who regarded it as the interval or space between the intersecting lines; Euclid adopted the third concept, although his definitions of right, acute, and obtuse angles are certainly quantitative.

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“So much symmetry!

Like the pale *angle* of time

And eternity.

The great shape labored and fell.”

—N. Scott Momaday (b. 1934)

“The inhabitants of earth behold commonly but the dark and shadowy under side of heaven’s pavement; it is only when seen at a favorable *angle* in the horizon, morning or evening, that some faint streaks of the rich lining of the clouds are revealed.”

—Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

“Modesty is the only sure bait when you *angle* for praise.”

—Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl Chesterfield (1694–1773)