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lat·er·al

 (lăt′ər-əl)
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or situated at or on the side.
2. Of or constituting a change within an organization or hierarchy to a position at a similar level, as in salary or responsibility, to the one being left: made a lateral move within the company.
3. Linguistics Of, relating to, or being a sound produced by breath passing along one or both sides of the tongue.
n.
1. A lateral part, projection, passage, or appendage.
2. Football A lateral pass.
3. Linguistics A lateral sound, such as (l).
v. lat·er·aled, lat·er·al·ing, lat·er·als also lat·er·alled or lat·er·al·ling Football
v.intr.
To execute a lateral pass.
v.tr.
To pass (the ball) sideways or backward.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin laterālis, from latus, later-, side.]

lat′er·al·ly adv.

lateral

(ˈlætərəl)
adj
1. of or relating to the side or sides: a lateral blow.
2. (Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics (of a speech sound like l) pronounced with the tip of the tongue touching the centre of the alveolar ridge, leaving space on one or both sides for the passage of the airstream
n
3. a lateral object, part, passage, or movement
4. (Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics a lateral speech sound
5. botany a branch, leaf, or bud that grows out from the side of a stem or trunk
[C17: from Latin laterālis, from latus side]
ˈlaterally adv

lat•er•al

(ˈlæt ər əl)
adj.
1. of or pertaining to the side; situated at, proceeding from, or directed to a side: a lateral view.
2. pertaining to or entailing a new but generally equivalent position, office, etc.: a lateral move.
3. (of a speech sound) articulated so that the breath passes on either or both sides of the tongue, as the sound (l).
n.
4. a lateral part or extension, as a branch or shoot.
5. a lateral speech sound.
v.i.
7. to throw a lateral pass.
8. to move laterally or sideways.
v.t.
9. to throw (the ball) in a lateral pass.
[1590–1600; < Latin laterālis=later-, s. of latus side + -ālis -al1]
lat′er•al•ly, adv.

lateral

1. Toward the side.
2. Toward or at the side.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lateral - a pass to a receiver upfield from the passer
passing, passing game, passing play, pass - (American football) a play that involves one player throwing the ball to a teammate; "the coach sent in a passing play on third and long"
Adj.1.lateral - situated at or extending to the side; "the lateral branches of a tree"; "shot out sidelong boughs"- Tennyson
side - located on a side; "side fences"; "the side porch"
2.lateral - lying away from the median and sagittal plane of a body; "lateral lemniscus"
distal - directed away from the midline or mesial plane of the body

lateral

adjective sideways, side, flanking, edgeways, sideward He estimated the lateral movement of the bridge to be about six inches.
Translations
جانِبي
postranní
oldalsó
hliîar-
iš šonošoninis
laterāls, sānu-
yana aityanal

lateral

[ˈlætərəl]
A. ADJlateral
B. CPD lateral thinking Npensamiento m lateral

lateral

[ˈlætərəl] adjlatéral(e)

lateral

adjseitlich; lateral surfaceSeitenfläche f; lateral view/windowSeitenansicht f/-fenster nt

lateral

[ˈlætrl] adjlaterale

lateral

(ˈlӕtərəl) adjective
of, at, to or from the side. lateral movement.
ˈlaterally adverb

lat·er·al

a. lateral, rel. a un lado o costado.

lateral

adj (anat) externo, lateral; lateral aspect of the leg..cara externa de la pierna
References in classic literature ?
For an instant he appeared, in this frame of granite, like the angel of chaos, but in pushing back the lateral rocks, he lost his point of support, for the monolith which weighed upon his shoulders, and the boulder, pressing upon him with all its weight, brought the giant down upon his knees.
This dugong, which also bears the name of the halicore, closely resembles the manatee; its oblong body terminated in a lengthened tail, and its lateral fins in perfect fingers.
The peak on which the captain had taken his stand commanded the whole Wind River chain; which, in fact, may rather be considered one immense mountain, broken into snowy peaks and lateral spurs, and seamed with narrow valleys.
He then descended the little staircase, went out at a lateral door, and perceived at the end of the wall a mounted horseman holding another horse by the bridle.
From where we are now sitting down to the level of the mud-holes is a distance of several hundred feet--I am leaving out of consideration altogether any lateral distance.
He found the missing drawings of the lateral rotating planes, on which the whole stability of the flying machine depended.
Then, turning to Monte Cristo, -- "I hope you will permit me to leave you for a few minutes," continued she; and without awaiting any reply, disappeared behind a clump of trees, and escaped to the house by a lateral alley.
There were easy communications with the interior by the upper waters of the Columbia and the lateral stream of the Oakinagan, while the downward current of the Columbia furnished a highway to Astoria.
The further one descended the garden, the more glorious was this lateral view.
I could not imagine what might cause this strong lateral flow, for the main channel of the river was plainly visible to me from where I sat, and I could see the rippling junction of it and the mysterious current which had aroused my curiosity.
In the centre of the lofty Gothic* façade of the palace, the grand staircase, incessantly ascended and descended by a double current, which, after parting on the intermediate landing-place, flowed in broad waves along its lateral slopes,--the grand staircase, I say, trickled incessantly into the place, like a cascade into a lake.
In other crustaceans the transparent cones which are coated by pigment, and which properly act only by excluding lateral pencils of light, are convex at their upper ends and must act by convergence; and at their lower ends there seems to be an imperfect vitreous substance.