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lateral

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

Simple Definition of lateral

  • : toward, on, or coming from the side

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of lateral

  1. 1 :  of or relating to the side

  2. 2 :  situated on, directed toward, or coming from the side

  3. 3 :  extending from side to side <the lateral axis of an airplane>

  4. 4 :  produced with passage of breath around the side of a constriction formed with the tongue <\l\ is lateral>

laterally adverb

Examples of lateral in a sentence

  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


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lateral

noun lat·er·al

Simple Definition of lateral

  • American football : a pass thrown to the side or backward

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of lateral

  1. 1 :  a branch from the main part (as in an irrigation or electrical system)

  2. 2 :  a pass in football thrown parallel to the line of scrimmage or in a direction away from the opponent's goal

  3. 3 :  a lateral speech sound

1851

First Known Use of lateral

1851

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lateral

verb lat·er·al

Definition of lateral

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to throw a lateral



1944

First Known Use of lateral

1944



LATERAL Defined for Kids

lateral

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adjective lat·er·al \ˈla-tə-rəl\

Definition of lateral for Students

  1. :  being on or directed toward the side <lateral movement>

laterally adverb



Medical Dictionary

lateral

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

Medical Definition of lateral

  1. :  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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