She had thrown her coat off, and she sat outlined against it, a slim, tense body in a gray suit, leaning diagonally across the wide armchair.
If we take diagonal bracing and …. What? …. I can’t hear you.
She glanced down: a strap of her slip had broken, the slip hung diagonally from her one shoulder to her side, and he was looking at her breast under the transparent film of the blouse.
They stopped in the great hall where a ray of light fell diagonally from a gap in the ceiling, and the echoes of their steps rang around them, dying far away in rows of empty rooms.
The silhouette of a conveyor belt moved against the strips of fire in the sky, raising coal to the top of a distant tower, as if an inexhaustible number of small black buckets rode out of the earth in a diagonal line across the sunset.
The line of her course went northwest, to cut a diagonal across the state of Colorado.
The plane swooped down abruptly, but it was only the start of its final rise, it cut a swift diagonal across the mountains and shot into the open sky.
Why should he ever want to do anything again? …. His first day on the ledges of the ore mines …. The day when he stood in the wind, looking down at the ruins of a steel plant …. The day when he stood here, in this office, at this window, and thought that a bridge could be made to carry incredible loads on just a few bars of metal, if one combined a truss with an arch, if one built diagonal bracing with the top members curved toHe stopped and stood still.
If we drive diagonal piles into the rock"-she was sketching rapidly-"the actual steel span would be only six hundred feet long-it would cut off this last half mile of your corkscrew turns-I could have the rail laid in three months and-" She stopped.
There are no more uses of "diagonal" in the book.
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The artist used diagonal lines to create tension.
A pink scar started under his right eye, hit the corner of his nose, and ran diagonally across his upper lip.