[lat-er-uh l] /ˈlæt ər əl/
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.
verb (used without object)
Football. to throw a .
to move laterally or sideways:
migrating birds lateraling down into Cape May.
verb (used with object)
Football. to throw (the ball) in a .
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
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.
lateral lat·er·al (lāt’ər-əl)
A lateral part, position, or appendage.lat’er·al·ly adv.
- Lateral aberration
lateral aberration n. The distance between the paraxial focus of central rays on the optic axis in spherical aberration.
- Lateral ampullar nerve
lateral ampullar nerve n. A branch of the utriculoampullar nerve that supplies the ampullary crest of the lateral semicircular duct of the ear.
noun, Botany. 1. . lateral bud (lāt’ər-əl) See under bud.
noun 1. a canal running parallel to a stream that is inconvenient or impossible to navigate. 2. one of a number of irrigation canals distributing water from a main canal.