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Diagram

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Díagram. n.s. [διάγραμμα.] A delineation of geometrical figures; a mathematical scheme.

Many a fair precept in poetry is like a seeming demonstration in the mathematicks; very specious in the diagram, but failing in the mechanick operation. Dryden.

Why do not these persons make a diagram of these cogitative lines and angles, and demonstrate their properties of perception and appetite, as plainly as we know the other properties of triangles and circles? Bentley's Sermons.

Sources: Bentley, Richard (57) · Dryden, John (788)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Diagram." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: October 17, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=5894.


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