Character 7
Hyphenation lat er al
Pronunciations /ˈlæt.ɹəl/

Definitions and meanings of "Lateral"

What do we mean by lateral?

Of, relating to, or situated at or on the side. adjective

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. adjective

Of, relating to, or being a sound produced by breath passing along one or both sides of the tongue. adjective

A lateral part, projection, passage, or appendage. noun

A lateral pass. noun

A lateral sound, such as (l). noun

To execute a lateral pass. intransitive verb

To pass (the ball) sideways or backward. intransitive verb

Of or pertaining to the side; situated at, proceeding from, or directed to a side: as, a lateral projection; lateral shoots or branches; a lateral view.

In anatomy and zoology, situated on either side of the median vertical longitudinal plane of the body; lying laterad of the meson: as, the lateral ventricles of the brain; the lateral line of a fish; the lateral margin of a thorax, elytrum, or abdomen.

In conchology, specifically, situated on either side of the hinge: contrasted with cardinal: as, the lateral tooth of a bivalve. Also admedian.

In botany, belonging to or borne upon the side of any organ: sometimes contrasted with terminal (as, lateral buds), sometimes with medial (as, lateral ribs or nerves of a leaf or glume).

In physics and mech., at right angles to a line of motion or of strain.

In conch.: noun

A lateral or admedian tooth of a bivalve, as distinguished from a cardinal tooth. See cut under bivalve. noun

One of the uncini, or uncinal teeth of the radula. noun

A side branch or division of anything; a part projecting from one side; specifically, in a grape-vine, one of the side shoots which spring from the axils of the leaves of a main shoot. noun

A small ditch or distributary from a main or principal irrigation ditch. noun

Plural In the pelecypod mollusks, the lateral hinge-teeth, those lying at the sides or ends of the hinge-plate, anterior or posterior to the median or cardinal teeth. noun

A short pass to a receiver who is upfield from the passer, i.e. is behind the passer relative to the direction of the passer's goal. noun

An object, such as a passage or a protrusion, that is situated on the side of something else.

A sound produced through lateral pronunciation (such as /l/ in lateral).

A lateral pass.

An employee hired for a position at the same organizational level or salary as their previous position.

Synonyms and Antonyms for Lateral

The word "lateral" in example sentences

On the lateral side may be recognised the _lateral process (external tuberosity) _ of the calcaneus; the _trochlear process (peroneal tubercle) _ on the same bone; the _cuboid_; and the prominent base of the _fifth metatarsal_. ❋ Alexander Miles (1893)

-- The term lateral should be understood, as applied to aeroplanes. ❋ Unknown (1915)

Mr de Bono, who lives in the Channel Islands, is originator of the term lateral thinking and is widely regarded as the world's leading authority in the field of creative and conceptual thinking. ❋ Unknown (2009)

Thats what I call lateral thinking, now how about an organic juice bar next door ! ❋ Valleys Mam (2008)

The answer to both your problems lies in lateral thinking. ❋ Inspector Gadget (2008)

But I get a bit flustered, though, when it's implied that "hook and lateral" is incorrect. ❋ Unknown (2008)

A bit more lateral is him coming up with a rat parachute brigade as reinforcements. ❋ Blue Tyson (2008)

(Dated Sept. 1943, I must add.) “The sight computes the range and automatically compensates for ballistics and prediction … data input is transmitted to the computing mechanism … After the complete solution, the line of sight is offset the proper amounts from the line of bore, in lateral and vertical planes, to compensate in all deflections.” ❋ Unknown (2007)

Alternative versions of the same basic story will follow their own parallel paths, the sum of these versions constituting a plane, extending sideways, so to speak, in lateral time. ❋ Hal Duncan (2007)

The upper canines of males are short and slender and cross the lower canines in lateral view. ❋ Darren Naish (2006)

Amid an improved economy and an apparent upturn in lateral hiring, some law firms are trying to shield their associates from the wiles of recruiters offering richer rewards. ❋ Unknown (2005)

Keeps his shoulders square in lateral movements and can easily knife under the kick-out blocks to come off and make the plays behind the line of scrimmage. ❋ Unknown (2005)

Has the speed to make the chase in lateral pursuit, but needs to take better angles to the ball as he tends to fall to the ground a lot when trying to move through tight quarters ... ❋ Unknown (2005)

Excels in lateral pursuit, scraping and flowing to the ball with ease ... ❋ Unknown (2005)

This resistance to sideslipping is known as lateral resistance. ❋ Gary Jobson (1998)

The neurons of the second order are supposed to pass through the anterior commissure to the superficial antero-lateral fasciculus (tract of Gowers) and pass upward in that portion of it known as the lateral spinothalamic fasciculus. ❋ Unknown (1918)

Looking at them thus in lateral perspective, I can compare them, wild and savage as they are, to nothing, save that vista of exquisitely carved and decorated flying buttresses just below the roof of Milan Cathedral, which is known as the Giardino Botanico. ❋ Unknown (1873)

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