lateral line


Definition of lateral line

: a canal along the side of a fish containing pores that open into tubes supplied with sense organs sensitive to low vibrations also : one of these tubes or sense organs

Examples of lateral line in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bain said that many instances of basement flooding are the result of blocked lateral lines between basements and streets., "Pepper Pike," 27 June 2019 For example, fish have lateral lines, a set of organs on the outside of the body that sense pressure and currents and help fish orient themselves. Elizabeth Preston, Science | AAAS, "A growing sensory smog threatens the ability of fish to communicate, navigate, and survive," 20 June 2019 The main sewer and lateral lines underneath Monroe Street were first installed in the 1890s, for example. Claudia Vargas,, "'Nightmare on Monroe Street': A tiny Queen Village block's six-year feud with the Philly Water Department," 6 July 2018 To serve, make a shallow cut following the lateral line in the center of the fish, then make another incision across the top of the tail. Benjamin Kemper, WSJ, "How a Chef With 8 Michelin Stars Cooks at Home," 12 July 2017

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First Known Use of lateral line

1752, in the meaning defined above

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“Lateral line.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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