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- having a slanted or oblique direction, lines or markings
- of the front left and back right (or the front right and back left) legs of a horse etc
- (mathematics) that joins two nonadjacent vertices of a polygon or polyhedron
- something arranged diagonally or obliquely
- (mathematics) a diagonal line or plane
- a virgule
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Di*ag"o*nal (?), a. [L.
diagonalis, fr. Gr. &?; from to angle; dia` through
+ &?; an angle; perh. akin to E. knee: cf. F.
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.
Diagonal bond (Masonry), herringbone
work. See Herringbone, a. --
Diagonal built (Shipbuilding), built by
forming the outer skin of two layers of planking, making angles of
about 45° with the keel, in opposite directions. --
Diagonal cleavage. See under
Cleavage. -- Diagonal molding
(Arch.), a chevron or zigzag molding. --
Diagonal rib. (Arch.) See Cross-
springer. -- Diagonal scale, a scale
which consists of a set of parallel lines, with other lines crossing
them obliquely, so that their intersections furnish smaller
subdivisions of the unit of measure than could be conveniently marked
on a plain scale. -- Diagonal stratification.
(Geol.) Same as Cross bedding, under Cross,
Di*ag"o*nal (?), n. 1.
A right line drawn from one angle to another not adjacent, of a
figure of four or more sides, and dividing it into two
2. (Engin.) A member, in a framed
structure, running obliquely across a panel.
3. A diagonal cloth; a kind of cloth having
diagonal stripes, ridges, or welts made in the weaving.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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