|1.||of or relating to the side or sides: a lateral blow|
|2.||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|
|3.||a lateral object, part, passage, or movement|
|4.||phonetics a lateral speech sound|
|5.||botany a branch, leaf, or bud that grows out from the side of a stem or trunk|
|[C17: from Latin laterālis, from latus side]|
lateral lat·er·al (lāt'ər-əl)
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.
in phonetics, a consonant sound produced by raising the tip of the tongue against the roof of the mouth so that the airstream flows past one or both sides of the tongue. The l sounds of English, Welsh, and other languages are laterals
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