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The artist used diagonal lines to create tension.
  a straight line connecting opposite corners of a rectangle; or any slope that could connect the corners of an imaginary rectangle that has one side parallel to the floor
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diagonal diagonally
Strongly Associated with:   vertical, horizontal
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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.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • The black strap of a pack cuts diagonally across his chest.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • At a certain point the voice upstairs stops, and the footsteps move diagonally across the floor, in the direction of the stairs.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall

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  • A perfect square—maybe fifteen feet wide—pivoted on a diagonal axis as the dirt-packed side slowly spun away from them and what had lain underneath rose up to replace it.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • A thick rug was underfoot, the stone walls spread with tapestries, a massive desk standing diagonally across the room.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • He demonstrated it moving up, down, diagonally, all with remarkable fluidity.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Not only that, but the endless diagonal rocking of the boat was having an undeniable effect on my stomach—and judging from the greenish color of the faces around me, I wasn’t alone.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • In the boat, she felt everyone’s eyes on them as they rose diagonally toward the sky.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • Making good time despite her burden — the pup must have weighed ten or fifteen pounds — she trotted diagonally up the esker slope and disappeared into a small stand of spruce.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf

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  • Six is now wearing only the rubber suit, which is entirely black aside from a gray band slicing diagonally down the front of it.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • Then they were falling …. falling diagonally out of the sky.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • His face contorted with confusion, and she picked up her pawn, moving it diagonally, and easily knocked over the piece.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • The flames from the houses on the west side reached in a diagonal arch quite across the street, and occasionally the wind would lift the great body of flame, detach it entirely from the burning buildings, and hurl it with terrific force far ahead.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • Stem and Nora would occupy Stem’s old room, diagonally across the hall.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • But look at the second diagonal.
    Gary D. Schmidt  --  Okay for Now
  • As you feel your board drop down the face of the wave, you suddenly realize that you are moving diagonally across a wave that is both going forward toward the beach and at the same time moving up and down.
    Bethany Hamilton  --  Soul Surfer
  • The bombs fall diagonally; the bombers rise and scramble.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • We’ll be crossing over at the tip of Tukey’s Bridge, on the northeast point of the cove: if we were swimming, a direct diagonal from our meet-up point.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • The gash runs from the base of my thumb diagonally across my palm towards my wrist.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • There were so many now for every meal that we had to set the chairs diagonally around the dining room table.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • The red diagonal strips are thick as a barbershop’s pole.
    An Na  --  A Step from Heaven
  • Liam parked diagonally across three different spaces, throwing the brake on with a fast, "Be right back."
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • Standing diagonally across the street from the Presbyterian church—equally homely in the ghastly mud-colored sandstone-and-slate motif dominating American church architecture of the thirties—where as a child and growing boy I observed my Sunday devotionals, the silent and shuttered synagogue with its frowning cast-iron portals and intaglio Star— of David seemed in its intimidating quietude to represent for me all that was isolate, mysterious and even supernatural about Jews and Jewry…
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • One of Yousef’s two front teeth was at a diagonal, crossing its twin.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • They slant downward at an extreme angle, almost like diagonal slits that someone cut into his face, and the left one is noticeably lower than the right one.
    R.J. Palacio  --  Wonder
  • I saw Chris’s blue Taurus pulled up diagonally across from the tip of the park and jackknifed the patrol car to a halt next to it.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • As a result, I end up moving at a slight diagonal.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • I work my way down at a diagonal, but I find nothing except more lush, green plant life.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • So we change our plan and run diagonally across country.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • I am diagonal from Stuart, placed as far as possible from him.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • It was no longer a straight log but a kind of Z shape, reaching diagonally from corner to corner.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • A shadow cut diagonally across his face.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Harry — move diagonally four squares to the right.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • The riders were thrown free, but their panicked horses dragged the golden chariot diagonally across the track.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • Luke set the phone book down on the table, picked up the roll of bandaging, and began winding it around the diagonal cut across his ribs.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • The mouth looked like a diagonal gash, and a large chunk of the nose was missing.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • As we watched, the rain intensified into a steady downpour, falling diagonally from the sky.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • Leah I KILLED MY FIRST GAME, a beautiful tawny beast with curved horns and a black diagonal stripe across his flank: a young male impala.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Langdon hastened diagonally across the Courtyard of the Sentinel.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • 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.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • His paddle fluttered in his hands as it cut diagonally across the current.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The Jeeps were painted with a diagonal red stripe because for some reason it discouraged the triceratops from charging the car.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • I would arrange them for display in a vertical line, a square, a diagonal line, any kind of configuration to help me feel like they were a picture of love.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • The thong was cut across, diagonally, almost as clean as though done by a knife.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • If many simultaneously and variously directed forces act on a given body, the direction of its motion cannot coincide with any one of those forces, but will always be a mean—what in mechanics is represented by the diagonal of a parallelogram of forces.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I was just walking diagonally across a big field.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • I hadn’t, at the last moment, felt like washing off the two diagonal lines of dried blood that marked my cheeks.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • Beneath his brow was one hollow socket from which a scar ran down his cheek, carving a diagonal line through his beard.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • And you can move a colored tile only if it can jump over a colored tile horizontally or vertically (but not diagonally) into an empty square 2 squares away.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
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