What does lateral mean?

Definitions for lateralˈlæt ər əl

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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(v. t. & i.)

    To pass the footbal to a receiver who is behind the passer; to make a lateral pass; as, the ball was lateraled to the fullback, who ran it for a touchdown.


  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

  4. Origin: [L. lateralis, fr. latus, lateris, side: cf. F. latral.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lateral

    lat′ėr-al, adj. belonging to the side: proceeding from or in the direction of the side: (anat. and zool.) situated on one of the sides of the median vertical longitudinal plane of the body: (physics) at right angles to a line of motion or strain.—n. Lateral′ity.—adv. Lat′erally.—adj. Laterifō′lious (bot.), growing by the side of a leaf at its base.—Lateral fin, one of the paired side fins of a fish:—opp. to Vertical fin. [L. lateralislatus, latĕris, a side.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lateral in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lateral in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mimi Lamantia:

    Even [with] just five weeks of Argentine tango we were able to decrease that medial and lateral sway by 56 percent.

  2. Vikas Dwivedi:

    What really matters now is not the number of rigs or wells, but the number of lateral feet drilled and productivity per foot.

  3. HWR:

    An "OGEE" could be used in a variety of settings. "OMG, the ogee is fabulous for our new molding." Or, "Honey, which do you prefer: the lateral ogee or the supported ogee?

  4. Warren West:

    Interest rates are not going to matter if they're rising because of the strong economy and earnings growth, and we're not seeing evidence of either, so, we're stuck in the lateral type of pattern until we get some clarity on the broader economy.

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