- 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.
Origin of lateral
Examples from the Web for lateral
Lateral Squats - For this variation, you step to the side as your do your squats.Squats: The Absolutely Incredible Secret to Staying in Shape
January 2, 2014
A lateral move in the offing provides opportunity to trailblaze new frontiers under existing career auspice.The Stars Predict Your Week
Starsky + Cox
October 9, 2011
But questionable defense and lack of explosiveness and lateral quickness may cause Fredette to "fredette about it."March Madness Race Wars and Jimmer Fredette
March 22, 2011
In respect to lateral communications Italy had the advantage.
This gave the Germans a perfect system of lateral communications.
The bema and the two lateral chapels have cross-groined vaults.Byzantine Churches in Constantinople
Alexander Van Millingen
The stem is lateral or wanting, when present it is continuous with the cap.
The stem is eccentric, lateral, very short or lacking altogether.
- of or relating to the side or sidesa 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
Word Origin and History for lateral
early 15c., from Middle French latéral and directly from Latin lateralis "belonging to the side," from latus (genitive lateris) "side" (see oblate (n.)). As a noun, from 1630s, "a side part." As a type of pass to the side in U.S. football, it is attested from 1934. Related: Laterally.
- Relating to or situated at or on the side.
- Situated or extending away from the median plane of the body.
- Relating to the left or right lateral region of the abdomen.
- A lateral part, position, or appendage.