[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.
noun, Optics. 1. the ratio of the height of the image to the height of the object in a lens or other optical system.
noun 1. meristem located along the sides of a part, as a stem or root. lateral meristem One of the two meristems in vascular plants (the cork cambium and the vascular cambium) in which secondary growth occurs, resulting in increase in stem girth. Also called secondary meristem. Compare primary meristem. See more at cambium, secondary […]
noun, Geology. 1. a moraine formed at the side of a glacier. lateral moraine See under moraine.
- Lateral nystagmus
lateral nystagmus n. A nystagmus in which the eyes oscillate from side to side.