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lateral

[lat-er-uh l] /ˈlæt ər əl/
adjective
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 position, office, etc., that is different but equivalent or roughly equivalent in status, as distinguished from a promotion or demotion:
a lateral move.
3.
Phonetics. articulated so that the breath passes on either or both sides of the tongue, as l.
noun
4.
a lateral part or extension, as a branch or shoot.
5.
Mining. a small drift off to the side of a principal one.
6.
Phonetics. a lateral speech sound.
7.
Football. lateral pass.
verb (used without object)
8.
Football. to throw a lateral pass.
9.
to move laterally or sideways:
migrating birds lateraling down into Cape May.
verb (used with object)
10.
Football. to throw (the ball) in a lateral pass.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin laterālis of the side, equivalent to later- (stem of latus) side + -ālis -al1
Related forms
laterally, adverb
pseudolateral, adjective
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  • If you are going laterally or down-market it is more important because it signals you are serious and will likely stay.
  • Tom's laterally positioned eyes give him a broader field of view.
  • laterally, it is somewhat thickened, and is attached to the hollow on the medial surface of the lateral malleolus.
  • The middle ear or tympanic cavity is an irregular, laterally compressed space within the temporal bone.
  • Lateral to the vertebral grooves are the articular processes, and still more laterally the transverse processes.
  • The neck is flattened from before backward, contracted in the middle, and broader laterally than medially.
British Dictionary definitions for laterally

lateral

/ˈlætərəl/
adjective
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
noun
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
Derived Forms
laterally, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin laterālis, from latus side
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Word Origin and History for laterally

lateral

adj.

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.

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laterally in Medicine

lateral lat·er·al (lāt'ər-əl)
adj.

  1. Relating to or situated at or on the side.

  2. Situated or extending away from the median plane of the body.

  3. Relating to the left or right lateral region of the abdomen.

n.
A lateral part, position, or appendage.
lat'er·al·ly adv.
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