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[dahy-ag-uh-nl, -ag-nl] /daɪˈæg ə nl, -ˈæg nl/
  1. connecting two nonadjacent angles or vertices of a polygon or polyhedron, as a straight line.
  2. 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.
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.
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
1535-45; < Latin diagōnālis < Greek diagṓn(ios) from angle to angle (see dia-, -gon) + Latin -ālis -al1
Related forms
diagonally, adverb
nondiagonal, adjective, noun
nondiagonally, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for diagonally
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  • Five minutes later, the three were going along a road that led off from the highway to the right, diagonally toward the shore.

    Jack Harvey's Adventures Ruel Perley Smith
  • These branched off diagonally or at right angles, and were more or less deep and steep.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • The web consisted of strands crossing each other diagonally, as illustrated.

    The Scientific American Boy A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
  • But he hurried on, diagonally, across the big cavern-like hall.

  • Laid on diagonally it is very pleasing, but the beads catch more dust than the vertical strips do.

    Carpentry and Woodwork Edwin W. Foster
  • We caught the fellow as he was diagonally crossing the street.

    The White Invaders Raymond King Cummings
  • diagonally across from your house, in the corner house; in my window, in a cage, is a canary.

    Delusion and Dream Wilhelm Jensen
  • Across his chest, diagonally, was a garland of the same flowers.

    The Deep Lake Mystery Carolyn Wells
  • Panels may be woven either length-wise (step 8), crosswise (step 8), diagonally across the mat (step 4), or in zigzags (step 3).

    Philippine Mats Hugo H. Miller
  • The jangada, again started on the river, began to drift off diagonally.

British Dictionary definitions for diagonally


(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 (sense 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
Derived Forms
diagonally, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin diagōnālis, from Greek diagōnios, from dia- + gōnia angle
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Word Origin and History for diagonally



1540s (implied in diagonally), from Middle French diagonal, from Latin diagonalis, from diagonus "slanting line," from Greek diagonios "from angle to angle," from dia- "across" (see dia-) + gonia "angle," related to gony "knee" (see knee (n.)). As a noun, from 1570s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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diagonally in Science
Adjective  Connecting two nonadjacent corners in a polygon or two nonadjacent corners in a polyhedron that do not lie in the same face.

Noun  A diagonal line segment.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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