# Diagonal - definition, pronunciation, transcription

*Amer.*|daɪˈæɡənl|

*Brit.*|dʌɪˈaɡ(ə)n(ə)l|

#### noun ▼

- (geometry) a straight line connecting any two vertices of a polygon that are not adjacent

- a line or cut across a fabric that is not at right angles to a side of the fabric

- an oblique line of squares of the same color on a checkerboard

- (mathematics) a set of entries in a square matrix running diagonally either from the upper left to lower right entry or running from the upper right to lower left entry

- a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information

- a line or cut across a fabric that is not at right angles to a side of the fabric

*(syn: bias)*- an oblique line of squares of the same color on a checkerboard

- (mathematics) a set of entries in a square matrix running diagonally either from the upper left to lower right entry or running from the upper right to lower left entry

- a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information

*(syn: separatrix, slash, solidus, stroke, virgule)*#### adjective ▼

- connecting two nonadjacent corners of a plane figure or any two corners of a solid that are not in the same face

- having an oblique or slanted direction

- having an oblique or slanted direction

*(syn: aslant, aslope, slanted, slanting, sloped, sloping)*### Examples

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...

...the ramp was set at a low diagonal to make it easier for physically challenged patrons...

the bishop moves on the diagonals

a diagonal line across the page

a number of corresponding diagonal points

### Word forms

*noun*

singular: diagonal

plural: diagonals