# diagonal

[dahy-ag-uh-nl, -ag-nl]

- Mathematics.
- connecting two nonadjacent angles or vertices of a polygon or polyhedron, as a straight line.
- extending from one edge of a solid figure to an opposite edge, as a plane.

- having an oblique direction.
- having oblique lines, ridges, markings, etc.

- a diagonal line or plane.
- virgule.
- a diagonal row, part, pattern, etc.
- Manège. (of a horse at a trot) the foreleg and the hind leg, diagonally opposite, which move forward simultaneously.
- diagonal cloth.
- Mathematics. a set of entries in a square matrix running either from upper left to lower right (main diagonal or principal diagonal) or lower left to upper right (secondary diagonal).
- Chess. one of the oblique lines of squares on a chessboard: He advanced his bishop along the open diagonal.

## Origin of diagonal^{}

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## Examples from the Web for diagonal

### Contemporary Examples

#### The young man weaves through clusters of bamboo and cuts a diagonal slash into a tree, positioning a hollow log at the end.

#### A long, diagonal cross from Marcelo saw the ball reach Hulk, who brought it down to his feet from the top of his monumental chest.

World Cup 2014 Nail-Biter: Host Country Brazil Defeats Chile on Penalty KicksTunku Varadarajan

June 28, 2014

#### Others were paired with sportswear-inspired tops—think a tracksuit zip-up made glam with diagonal decorative panels.

#### I bought wine and I made a wine list and it was the first wine list of its kind: vertical, horizontal, and diagonal.

#### Long strips of thin, white paper, about four feet wide, were spread in diagonal lines all over the hall.

### Historical Examples

#### The jump was diagonal, and made under most difficult circumstances.

Two Boys in WyomingEdward S. Ellis

#### Taking this diagonal line as the length, describe another square.

Ten Books on ArchitectureVitruvius

#### The sand gully opened towards the sea in a diagonal direction.

The Boy SlavesMayne Reid

#### A door to the left, set in a diagonal wall, gives on to a corridor.

Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red RobeEugne Brieux

#### Some of the young chaps have their dress-coats made of diagonal.

Evening DressW. D. Howells

# diagonal

- maths connecting any two vertices that in a polygon are not adjacent and in a polyhedron are not in the same face
- slanting; oblique
- marked with slanting lines or patterns

- maths a diagonal line or plane
- chess any oblique row of squares of the same colour
- cloth marked or woven with slanting lines or patterns
- something put, set, or drawn obliquely
- another name for solidus (def. 1)
- one front leg and the hind leg on the opposite side of a horse, which are on the ground together when the horse is trotting

## Word Origin

C16: from Latin diagōnālis, from Greek diagōnios, from dia- + gōnia angle

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## Word Origin and History for diagonal

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# diagonal

[dī-ăg′ə-nəl]

- Connecting two nonadjacent corners in a polygon or two nonadjacent corners in a polyhedron that do not lie in the same face.

- A diagonal line segment.

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