Definitions for lateralˈlæt ər əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

lat•er•alˈlæt ər əl(adj.)

  1. of or pertaining to the side; situated at, proceeding from, or directed to a side:

    a lateral view.

  2. pertaining to or entailing a new but generally equivalent position, office, etc.:

    a lateral move.

  3. (of a speech sound) articulated so that the breath passes on either or both sides of the tongue, as the sound (l).

    Category: Phonetics

  4. (n.)a lateral part or extension, as a branch or shoot.

  5. a lateral speech sound.

    Category: Phonetics

  6. Category: Sport

    Ref: lateral pass.

  7. (v.i.)to throw a lateral pass.

    Category: Sport

  8. to move laterally or sideways.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  9. (v.t.)to throw (the ball) in a lateral pass.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Sport

Origin of lateral:

1590–1600; < L laterālis=later-, s. of latus side +-ālis -al1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. lateral pass, lateral(adj)

    a pass to a receiver upfield from the passer

  2. lateral, sidelong(adj)

    situated at or extending to the side

    "the lateral branches of a tree"; "shot out sidelong boughs"- Tennyson

  3. lateral(adj)

    lying away from the median and sagittal plane of a body

    "lateral lemniscus"


  1. lateral(Noun)

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

  2. lateral(Noun)

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

  3. lateral(Noun)

    a lateral pass

  4. lateral(Verb)

    To move (oneself or something) in a lateral direction

  5. lateral(Verb)

    To execute a lateral pass

  6. lateral(Adjective)

    To the side; of or pertaining to the side.

  7. lateral(Adjective)

    Pertaining to the left or right of the body; further from the midline.

    The medial side of the knee faces the other knee, while the outer side of the knee is lateral.

  8. lateral(Adjective)

    Pertaining to the girth of an organ, rather than its thickness or length.

  9. lateral(Adjective)

    Pertaining to sounds that are generated by partially blocking the egress of the airstream with the tip of the tongue touching the alveolar ridge, leaving space on one or both sides of the occlusion for the air passage.

  10. Origin: From lateralis, from latus

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lateral(adj)

    of or pertaining to the sides; as, the lateral walls of a house; the lateral branches of a tree

  2. Lateral(adj)

    lying at, or extending toward, the side; away from the mesial plane; external; -- opposed to mesial

  3. Lateral(adj)

    directed to the side; as, a lateral view of a thing

Translations for lateral

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


of, at, to or from the side

lateral movement.

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