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Paintings in which horizontal lines dominate, tend to be relaxing.
  in line with the floor, horizon, or another flat base
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horizontal horizontally
Strongly Associated with:   vertical, diagonal
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  • Paintings in which horizontal lines dominate, tend to be relaxing.
  • The whole thing goes horizontally, too, at least it seems so, and I exhaust myself in trying to distinguish the order of its going in that direction.
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman  --  The Yellow Wallpaper
  • But instead of splatting on the steps at their feet, the sphere of silver defied gravity and flew horizontally, directly into Winston’s face.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • If my bodily processes slow any further, I’ll be permanently horizontal.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride

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    AARDVARK, a silly-looking creature that eats ants
    AARGH, what the aardvark says when it eats ants
    ABACUS, a finger-powered computer ABSCISSA, the horizontal truth
     "You don’t have to read them all tonight," Freak says.
    Rodman Philbrick  --  Freak the Mighty
  • She couldn’t get over the fact that Park spent most of his time in this room horizontal.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • It was a terrible game, but for the time being, Mae needed it, because her head was spinning, and she felt better horizontal.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • In a picture of the family Lisa drew at school, Travis saw only three images; he had to catch his breath before he realized there was another horizontal image in the corner, one that seemed added almost as an afterthought.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • The consonants would be horizontal then?
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • After a quick examination of its external plating, she tipped the android over, laying it horizontal so that it balanced on the edge of its treads.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder

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  • I remember distinctly a boy named Miles twice peeing his pants, and, with the exception of a kid named Garrison (who I’m certain had some sort of restless leg syndrome), everyone else in the room seemed to actually enjoy the horizontal break.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • In the other plane, the one on the horizontal, the hunter is in the background, holding his gun and advancing.
    Gary D. Schmidt  --  Okay for Now
  • Thousands upon thousands of trees in the red glow of sundown, perfectly shaped and perfectly aligned, vertically and horizontally, like squares in a million-square grid.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • He’d imagined it would be like the clear, narrow stream that came out of the kitchen faucet, only bigger, and horizontal instead of vertical.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • He is chasing breathing figures performing horizontal sprints across the street.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • He would ignite the rocket, watch it zip horizontally along the string, and measure how far it flew.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • When I look out the sliding glass door at the back of the house, it seems like it might be raining horizontally, and even I’m not desperate enough to go out in this kind of lightning.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • My curiosity finally bested whatever impulses I had to remain horizontal, and very slowly, snaking my way across the bottom of the boat, I lifted my head just over the side of the boat.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • With his forearms held out at the horizontal—like the fork of a fork-lift truck—he was supporting a shallow but very wide cardboard box, open at the top, on which he could visibly get no grip.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Keep your head horizontal for a minute so it will get the flow of blood.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The play is at the Eaton’s Auditorium; the stage has blue curtains with black velvet horizontal stripes on them.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Horizontal rain blasted Jason’s face.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • He practically had you and Patch on top of your lab table, horizontal, minus your clothes, doing the Big Deed—
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Munro smiled more broadly still at this information, and executed a remarkably complex and graceful bow, involving the rapid touching of head, heart, and lips and ending up in a near-horizontal position on the ground at my feet.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • I’d draw six vertical lines and intersect them with six horizontal lines, and then I’d fill in every other little square with my pen.
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • Winston was smoking a Victory Cigarette which he held carefully horizontal.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The raft sprang from the roof and wrapped around the plane’s horizontal stabilizer.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • He was the only one of us, too, who could do the giant’s turn on the horizontal bar.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • The word shaker and the young man climbed up to the horizontal trunk.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Parwana stands near the fire now, looking at Masooma, who is a horizontal blanketed mound on the other side of the flames.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • In its surface were two iron staples, distant from each other about two feet, horizontally.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  • Now his features were set in grim horizontal lines.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • The only way up is to straddle their legs across two adjoining boxcars, using the horizontal ridges on the ends of the cars to inch higher.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • The thought of sleep, horizontal sleep, suddenly overwhelmed her.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • Thomas could see several clumsily prepared wooden crosses poking through this growth, their horizontal pieces lashed to the upright ones with a splintery twine.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • It was Nearly Headless Nick, no longer pearly-white and transparent, but black and smoky, floating immobile and horizontal, six inches off the floor.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • He was wearing long Quidditch robes in thick horizontal stripes of bright yellow and black.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • The symbol on the bone was a long horizontal line with a circle resting on it.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • In front of the low horizontal limb of a giant sycamore there is an ash pile made by many fires; the limb is worn smooth by men who have sat on it.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • It looked the same as it had back then, branches low and thick,stretching horizontally along the ground with Spanish moss draped over the limbs like a veil.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • Jupiter was a shimmering yellow circle with brown horizontal streaks.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • By the time the snow melted and the rains of spring swept in, every boy in Kabul bore telltale horizontal gashes on his fingers from a whole winter of fighting kites.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • Her gray eyes and gray mouth were drawn into tight horizontal lines.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • A stainless steel door, with a wide horizontal handle.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • The wind of a horizontal speed whistled ever more shrilly in the stays.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • She walks to the window and adjusts the horizontal blinds to let in sunlight.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • The billowing smoke was filled with horizontal flashes.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • His earlocks lifted off the sides of his head and followed him around in an almost horizontal circle.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • It was the volleyball shot: Martha bent horizontal to the floor, reaching, the palms of her hands in sharp focus.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • He held the bow horizontally in the usual ancient style.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
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Associated words [difficulty]:   horizontal [1] , vertical [1] , diagonal [1]
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