of or relating to the side; situated at, proceeding from, or directed to a side: a lateral view.
pertaining to or entailing a position, office, etc., that is different but equivalent or roughly equivalent in status, as distinguished from a promotion or demotion: a lateral move.
Phonetics. articulated so that the breath passes on either or both sides of the tongue, as l.
a lateral part or extension, as a branch or shoot.
Mining. a small drift off to the side of a principal one.
Phonetics. a lateral speech sound.
Football. lateral pass.
Football. to throw a lateral pass.
to move laterally or sideways: migrating birds lateraling down into Cape May.
Football. to throw (the ball) in a lateral pass.
- lat·er·al·ly, adverb
- pseu·do·lat·er·al, adjective
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How to use lateral in a sentence
These lateral areas assess whether behaviors conform to social norms, and exert inhibitory control over inappropriate or maladaptive behavior.The Neurology of Flow States - Issue 91: The Amazing Brain | Heather Berlin | October 14, 2020 | Nautilus
As a result, roots grow longer, lateral roots develop, and more root hairs sprout.Junk Food Is Bad For Plants, Too - Issue 90: Something Green | Anne Biklé & David R. Montgomery | September 23, 2020 | Nautilus
Social pressure, technological innovations, and economic trends are all closing in on its main product, so it’s trying to make a lateral move into another bloated, polluting industry.Big Oil’s hopes are pinned on plastics. It won’t end well. | David Roberts | September 4, 2020 | Vox
Meanwhile, he said, several dozen of the department’s more proactive-minded officers responded to the new rules and paperwork by simply deciding to “lateral out” to a job in another police department.What Can Mayors Do When the Police Stop Doing Their Jobs? | by Alec MacGillis | September 3, 2020 | ProPublica
On July 18, responding to Musk’s call for job applicants who wanted to help “solve” brain and spinal injuries, a Twitter user asked if Neuralink could also help disabled people living with injuries, autism and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.Elon Musk’s brain company plans a big reveal on Friday. Here’s what we already know | Verne Kopytoff | August 27, 2020 | Fortune
lateral Squats - For this variation, you step to the side as your do your squats.Squats: The Absolutely Incredible Secret to Staying in Shape | Ari Meisel | January 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
U.S. policy stipulates that military coups trigger an automatic cutoff of bi-lateral military assistance.
In the absence of a bi-lateral breakthrough, Israel should use the Arab Peace Initiative (API) to break the ice.
One never sees lateral passing these days -- instead it's plunge or pass.
But under pressure, many firms are giving up on organic growth and turning to a lateral-hire strategy in the downturn.Dewey & LeBoeuf Near Collapse—Are Other White Shoe Law Firms In Peril? | Dan Slater | May 3, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The height of the tower from the level of the street is 105 feet, the slated towers over the lateral pediments being smaller.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
While a person has the natural right also to the lateral support of his land, yet he cannot use it to the injury of another.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
The owner of land adjoining a highway has no right to the lateral support of the soil of the street.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
Sometimes these traps were weirs or by-washes, made of long lateral tanks of wicker-work.Mrs. Falchion, Complete | Gilbert Parker
The pillars are strengthened against lateral yielding by horizontal and diagonal bracing.
British Dictionary definitions for lateral
of or relating to the side or sides: a lateral blow
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
a lateral object, part, passage, or movement
phonetics a lateral speech sound
botany a branch, leaf, or bud that grows out from the side of a stem or trunk
- laterally, adverb
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