• Diagonal Scale
    Diagonal Scale
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj diagonal having an oblique or slanted direction
    • adj diagonal connecting two nonadjacent corners of a plane figure or any two corners of a solid that are not in the same face "a diagonal line across the page"
    • n diagonal a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information
    • n diagonal (mathematics) a set of entries in a square matrix running diagonally either from the upper left to lower right entry or running from the upper right to lower left entry
    • n diagonal an oblique line of squares of the same color on a checkerboard "the bishop moves on the diagonals"
    • n diagonal a line or cut across a fabric that is not at right angles to a side of the fabric
    • n diagonal (geometry) a straight line connecting any two vertices of a polygon that are not adjacent
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The king crab walks diagonally.
    • Diagonal A diagonal cloth; a kind of cloth having diagonal stripes, ridges, or welts made in the weaving.
    • Diagonal (Engin) A member, in a framed structure, running obliquely across a panel.
    • Diagonal A right line drawn from one angle to another not adjacent, of a figure of four or more sides, and dividing it into two parts.
    • a Diagonal (Geom) Joining two not adjacent angles of a quadrilateral or multilateral figure; running across from corner to corner; crossing at an angle with one of the sides.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • diagonal In geometry, extending, as a line, from one angle to another not adjacent, within any figure.
    • diagonal Being in an oblique direction; lying obliquely.
    • diagonal Marked by oblique lines: as, diagonal cloth.
    • diagonal A soft material used as a ground for embroidery, generally made very wide, and dyed in plain colors without pattern.
    • diagonal A material for men's wear, especially for coats and waistcoats.
    • n diagonal A straight line drawn from one angle to or through another, not adjacent, in any plane or solid figure.
    • n diagonal Any oblique line.
    • n diagonal Specifically.
    • n diagonal In chess, checkers, etc., a line of squares running diagonally across the board. See chess.
    • n diagonal Same as diagonal cloth, especially in the United States: a term introduced about 1875.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Diagonal dī-ag′o-nal through the corners, or from an angle to an opposite angle of a four or many sided figure
    • n Diagonal a straight line so drawn
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  • William R. Alger
    William R. Alger
    “The line of life is a ragged diagonal between duty and desire.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. diagonalis, fr. Gr. from to angle; dia` through + an angle; perh. akin to E. knee,: cf. F. diagonal,


In literature:

They are so folded that they are about 3 inches wide and as long as the diagonal of the fabric.
"The Seminole Indians of Florida" by Clay MacCauley
They crossed the court diagonally and entered a house in the right-hand corner.
"The Mummy and Miss Nitocris" by George Griffith
Steadily, on a slightly diagonal line, it moved up the British slope.
"Deeds that Won the Empire" by W. H. Fitchett
He decided to pull diagonally across the current towards shore, the mere sight of which would be reassuring.
"Raftmates" by Kirk Munroe
DIAGONALS: Sharpens and transmits.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, January 1878, No. 3" by Various
You could move the gun diagonally in any direction in one motion, but you had to push or pull the opposite way.
"Four-Day Planet" by Henry Beam Piper
There are buttresses set diagonally at the two northern angles of the porch.
"Bell's Cathedrals: Wimborne Minster and Christchurch Priory" by Thomas Perkins
Press the butt down quickly and throw the gun diagonally across the body, to the position shown here.
"The Plattsburg Manual" by O.O. Ellis and E.B. Garey
She was running diagonally across the lawn, trying to intercept the car.
"The Outdoor Girls in a Motor Car" by Laura Lee Hope
Diagonally opposite is the Metropolitan Hotel, in the rear of which is the theatre known as Niblo's Garden.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe

In poetry:

The swimmer's torso dilates out diagonally.
Two outstretched arms line up alongside one another.
The swimmer's heart is sheer see-through like a jellyfish,
The swimmer's eyes hears bells ringing,
The swimmer's mind sees the moon above water.
"The Swimmer" by Sakutaro Hagiwara

In news:

Rest the eggplants on a serving platter for a few minutes before slicing them diagonally into serving pieces.
The Firefly portable LED display from Visual Tech Communications is available with 110-and 164-inch diagonal screens.
1 loaf day old Italian Bread - slice diagonally into one inch slices (available in your grocer bakery section).
Place a bamboo skewer through the heart on a diagonal.
The set will measure 84 inches on the diagonal, making the screen area four times as large as 42-inch sets.
This satellite image provided by GeoEye shows the path of a tornado, diagonal from bottom left to upper right, which struck Harrisburg, Ill.
As you've likely heard by now, iPhone 5 sports a larger screen than its predecessors, now measuring 4-inches diagonally.
It's an iPod dock that also has a 50-lumen projector and can project an image up to 10 feet diagonal in 16:9 format.
I cut the pods diagonally into small pieces and sauté.
Cut in half through the middle on the diagonal and repeat with the remaining omelets and filling.
Add a diagonal green line with three smaller lines reaching out on each side.
They're meant to be eaten whole or sliced diagonally in half.
Perfection on the Diagonal.
A diagonal bunker that runs from 245 yards on the right side out to 290 yards near the center of the fairway will gobble up a less-than- perfect drive and threatens to turn a birdie into a bogey should your reach exceed your grasp.
2 Stamp Grid Paper Backgrounder diagonally on tag and pierce at intersection of each line.

In science:

Here, Λ is a diagonal matrix with real diagonal matrix elements λk ≥ 0.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
The simplest model for D is obtained by replacing the diagonal matrix with positive Matsubara frequencies by the identity matrix times an effective Matsubara frequency t, and replacing the diagonal matrix with negative Matsubara frequencies by the opposite effective Matsubara frequency.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
C is a diagonal matrix with Ckk = t − iµ for one half of the diagonal elements and Ckk = −t − iµ for the other half.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
In these models, the elements of Y (n) that are above the diagonal are complex (0, 1/n)–Gaussian random variables, and we show that a number of different choices are possible for the diagonal entries.
Invariant subspaces of Voiculescu's circular operator
In §3, we consider upper triangular random matrices whose entries strictly above the diagonal are i.i.d. complex Gaussian random variables which are independent of the diagonal entries.
Invariant subspaces of Voiculescu's circular operator