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1lateral

adjective lat·er·al \ˈla-tə-rəl also ˈla-trəl\

: toward, on, or coming from the side

Full Definition of LATERAL

1
:  of or relating to the side
2
:  situated on, directed toward, or coming from the side
3
:  extending from side to side <the lateral axis of an airplane>
4
:  produced with passage of breath around the side of a constriction formed with the tongue <\l\ is lateral>
lat·er·al·ly adverb
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Examples of LATERAL

  1. the lateral force of an earthquake
  2. <from the lateral view you can see how thick the wall really is>

Origin of LATERAL

Middle English laterale, from Latin lateralis, from later-, latus side
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to LATERAL

Synonyms
side

Other Anatomy Terms

bilateral symmetry, carotid, cartilage, dorsal, entrails, prehensile, renal, solar plexus, supine, thoracic, ventral

2lateral

noun

American football : a pass thrown to the side or backward

Full Definition of LATERAL

1
:  a branch from the main part (as in an irrigation or electrical system)
2
:  a pass in football thrown parallel to the line of scrimmage or in a direction away from the opponent's goal
3
:  a lateral speech sound

First Known Use of LATERAL

1851

Other Field and Goal Sports Terms

crease, lax, overthrow, playbook, post, screen, scrum, secondary, ultimate

3lateral

verb

Definition of LATERAL

intransitive verb
:  to throw a lateral

First Known Use of LATERAL

1944
LATERALLY Defined for Kids

lateral

adjective lat·er·al \ˈla-tə-rəl\

Definition of LATERAL for Kids

:  being on or directed toward the side <lateral movement>
lat·er·al·ly adverb
Medical Dictionary

lateral

adjective lat·er·al \ˈlat-ə-rəl, ˈla-trəl\

Medical Definition of LATERAL

:  of or relating to the side; especially of a body part :  lying at or extending toward the right or left side :  lying away from the median axis of the body <the lungs are lateral to the heart> <the lateral branch of the axillary artery>

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