di·​ag·​o·​nal·​ly | \dī-ˈa-gə-nə-lē, -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

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This is most obvious in the planks of the floor running diagonally across the foreground, and the desk and wood chair set counter to those lines. John Wilmerding, WSJ, "A Winning Group of Cheaters," 28 Sep. 2018 Later, after taking in Chloé’s latest collection, Kelela posed alongside the French house’s creative director Natacha Ramsay-Levi in a cream-color skirt with fur accents running diagonally down the side and a simple brown turtleneck tank top. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Kelela Is a Paris Fashion Week Standout at Dries Van Noten," 27 Sep. 2018 Another strike opened a deep gash stretching diagonally across the back of his head. Nick Turse, Teen Vogue, "The Democratic Republic of Congo Has Humanitarian Crises Leaving Millions of Children In Danger," 14 Nov. 2018 Wide receiver Kyle Sweet typically lines up as the center, snapping diagonally to quarterback Gardner Minshew, who hands the ball off to a running back or wide receiver in motion. Theo Lawson, The Seattle Times, "Meet the mastermind behind Mike Leach’s quirky ‘Big Gulp Left’ play that sprung James Williams’ TD," 23 Oct. 2018 If the goggles in hand invited a swim, the fringed red necklaces—slung over the shoulders or looped diagonally across the body—evoked a Spielberg shark encounter gone awry. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Dripping Wet Hair and No-Makeup Makeup Just Set a New Bar for Clean Beauty at Calvin Klein," 12 Sep. 2018 Every molded piece is the same, with two knobs that face each other diagonally and subtle curves throughout. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Curvy concrete seating looks potentially comfortable," 22 Aug. 2018 Gadson fought off the employee and the two women raced across the parking lot, where a police car had parked diagonally, trying to block their path, Bell said. Melanie Burney, Philly.com, "Family of woman fatally shot by Deptford police hold protest, demand answers," 1 July 2018 Koehler’s vehicle was parked diagonally with its front end toward the middle of the street and its headlights on. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, "Police: Vehicle of driver charged with DUI goes into Hinsdale home's front yard," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of diagonally

1541, in the meaning defined above

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