di·​ag·​o·​nal·​ly | \ dī-ˈa-gə-nə-lē How to pronounce diagonally (audio) , -ˈag-nə-lē \

Definition of diagonally

: in a diagonal manner

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Examples of diagonally in a Sentence

placed two strips of pimiento diagonally on each deviled egg
Recent Examples on the Web In South Dakota, the pipeline would have run diagonally across nine counties in the state from the northwestern corner to Tripp County in south-central South Dakota. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, "'They are playing with our lives': South Dakotans left on their knees by Keystone pipeline decision," 1 Feb. 2021 Then, mix up a fresh batch of tile grout (or buy premixed grout), and use a grout float to smear grout diagonally across the surface and deep into the joints. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "How to Clean Dirty Grout," 27 Jan. 2021 Moving diagonally, use the hook to weave your remaining yarn into the purl bumps. Sandra Gutierrez G., Popular Science, "How to knit your own Bernie mittens," 24 Jan. 2021 The clever hack—wrap diagonally, not horizontally or vertically—is based in math. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "The Internet Is Losing Its Mind Over This Gift-Wrapping Trick. Here's the Secret.," 8 Dec. 2020 To wrap, lay out the square fabric diagonally (looking more like a diamond shape, with the tips at 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, and 9:00). Kate Flynn, Sunset Magazine, "3 Easy, Sustainable, and Last-Minute-Friendly Gift Wrap Ideas," 21 Dec. 2020 The ring had two initials on its face, diagonally across from each other. oregonlive, "We returned a lost class ring found 50 years ago in a Corvair," 17 Dec. 2020 Try to sit diagonally rather than facing one another. Amina Khan Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: A tale of two testing lines," 26 Oct. 2020 Words can be arranged horizontally, vertically and diagonally, creating an extra level of complexity. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Ten Best STEM Toys to Give as Gifts in 2020," 27 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of diagonally

1541, in the meaning defined above

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26 Feb 2021

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“Diagonally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diagonally. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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