diagonally

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English diagonaly, modeled on Medieval Latin diagōnāliter; equivalent to diagonal +‎ -ly.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈdaɪ.æɡ.nə.li/, /ˈdaɪ.æɡ.ən.ə.li/

AdverbEdit

diagonally (comparative more diagonally, superlative most diagonally)

  1. In a diagonal manner, not square to any direction.
    • 1962 December, “The B.R. standard diesel-electric Type 1 locomotive”, in Modern Railways, page 381:
      The diagonally opposed driving positions in the cab are identical.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, “Foreword”, in The China Governess[1]:
      He turned back to the scene before him and the enormous new block of council dwellings. The design was some way after Corbusier but the block was built up on plinths and resembled an Atlantic liner swimming diagonally across the site.

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