slantwise

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

slant +‎ -wise

Adjective[edit]

slantwise ‎(not comparable)

  1. diagonal, in a direction or orientation between cardinal axes
    • 1858, John Greenleaf Whittier, "Telling the Bees" in The Works of John Greenleaf Whittier, Vol. I, Narrative and Legendary Poems, [1]
      I can see it all now,—the slantwise rain / Of light through the leaves, / The sundown's blaze on her window-pane, / The bloom of her roses under the eaves.

Adverb[edit]

slantwise ‎(comparative more slantwise, superlative most slantwise)

  1. diagonally, in a direction or orientation between cardinal axes
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 8, [2]
      [] he had received a cut slantwise along one temple and cheek, leaving a long scar like a streak of dawn's light falling athwart the dark visage.