The blanket is covered with diagonal stripes.
the diagonal design ran up the wall all the way from the lower left to the upper right-hand corner Noun
a design with strong diagonals
the ramp was set at a low diagonal to make it easier for physically challenged patrons
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With a classic look, it’s made of ultra-soft diagonal French terry and has a kangaroo pocket.—Joseph Cheatham, Travel + Leisure, 21 Nov. 2023 If plotted on a graph, the changing height of the ocean would look less like a smooth diagonal line than a broken staircase for giants, climbing upward in short, dramatic surges.—Frank Hulley-Jones, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2023 The two devised a plan that called for reverse diagonal parking and refurbishment of the area.—Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2023 By 2018, Wong had learned three important tricks: sowing his landscapes with small figures to provide a sense of scale; using snaky diagonal forms (rivers, roads) to separate near from far; tempering layers of warm colors with cool ones.—Jackson Arn, The New Yorker, 4 Sep. 2023 Cut slits in pastry: Cut 5 or 6 (3-inch) diagonal slits on top of each pastry, and gently separate slits to slightly reveal filling.—Jasmine Smith, Southern Living, 15 Nov. 2023 Her bare legs, adorned with distinctive diagonal tattoos, were splayed at unnatural angles.—Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 30 Oct. 2023 Advertisement Making the difficult appear simple while running a diagonal route across the middle, Kincaid snatched Josh Allen’s errant pass -– a dart to his back knee — while maintaining his speed.—Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Oct. 2023 The long diagonal spout provides greater reach into garden beds, and the interchangeable brass roses (the end sprinkler attachments) allow for customized water pressure from a fine mist to heavier shower.—Ebony Roberts, wsj.com, 17 Oct. 2023
For instance, a dagger-like diagonal and the solitary wing of a mythical bird were reserved for royals.—Hannah Beech, New York Times, 30 June 2023 Cannage is the distinctive quilting made up of geometrical pattern of squares and diagonals that appears on many Dior products, most notably its bags.—Min Joo Kim, Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2023 Then there’s the fact that the driver was from out of town, and Philly’s grid of one-way streets, half-blocks, and diagonals can be tricky even for the experienced.—Tom Avril, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Feb. 2023 At the David Zwirner gallery on the Upper East Side, two rooms have been outfitted with lights—cool white verticals in one, iris-stinging green diagonals in the other—to re-create two Flavin exhibitions from 1967, both held at Kornblee Gallery.—Jackson Arn, The New Yorker, 28 Feb. 2023 The expansive volume under the tent, the spherical ring, the arcs of leaping gymnasts, the diagonals of tightrope were like the elements in the solar system, orbiting around one another, all bound by gravity.—Rachel Corbett, The Atlantic, 12 Apr. 2020 Pat dry, cut on the diagonal into 2-inch (5 cm) lengths and set aside.—Kimberly Wilson, Essence, 10 Apr. 2020 Diagonal: Long boards installed on a diagonal from the room's walls.—Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 13 Mar. 2020 This can be done by stretching a string across one diagonal and then the other.—James Dulley, Dallas News, 12 Jan. 2020 See More
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Latin diagonalis, from Greek diagōnios from angle to angle, from dia- + gōnia angle; akin to Greek gony knee — more at knee entry 1