Definition of "wide-angle" []

  • Of, having, or being a camera lens with a relatively short focal length that permits an angle of view wider than approximately 70°. (adjective)
  • A lens system on a camera that can cover an angle of view of 60° or more and therefore has a fairly small focal length (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "wide-angle" in a sentence
  • "The tall, gangly actor, with a shock of blond hair and what the late longtime AP drama critic Michael Kuchwara called a "wide-angle smile" and "a television face, just right for popular consumption," appeared a success."
  • "We note that 55% of respondents answered correctly that Bloomberg is "a big-city mayor," in the survey that the venerable CBS news show and the magazine conduct each month to give a "wide-angle" view of topics in culture, lifestyle, politics and other subjects."
  • "If the mummies elicit fascinated gasps, one photograph is bound to make children titter: A section on Hellenic artifacts includes a wide-angle shot of men sprinting across a dusty stadium, buttocks bared, during a 2004 re-enactment of the original, classical Olympic games."