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lateral (ˈlætərəl Pronunciation for lateral

Definitions

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

  1. a lateral object, part, passage, or movement
  2. (phonetics) a lateral speech sound
  3. (botany) a branch, leaf, or bud that grows out from the side of a stem or trunk

Derived Forms

ˈlaterally adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin laterālis, from latus side

Synonyms

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= sideways, side, flanking, edgeways, sideward

Translations for 'lateral'

  • British English: lateral Lateral means relating to the sides of something, or moving in a sideways direction. ADJECTIVEHe estimated the lateral movement of the bridge to be between four and six inches.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: lateral
  • Chinese: 侧面的侧側面的
  • European Spanish: lateral
  • French: latéral latérale
  • German: seitlich
  • Italian: laterale
  • Japanese: 横の
  • Korean: 측면의
  • Portuguese: lateral
  • Spanish: lateral

Example Sentences Including 'lateral'

And there I was, thinking you employed imaginative lateral thinking.
Trenhalle, John A Means to Evil
Approximately 1/ 3 length of inguinal ligament from its lateral end.
Low, Royston The Non-Meridial Points of Acupuncture
Besides cupboards, Godrej also offers personal lockers, bookcases, filing cabinets and vertical and lateral sliding door units.
India Today (1998)
He also had surgery to repair torn medial collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments as well as the lateral meniscus in his right knee.
CBC (2004)
I glare at the itineraries we have been given: lateral thinking until lunchtime today, then something called'How to Think'.
Scarlett Thomas POPCO (2004)
I tied up in the lateral basin, pulled out the Thermos bottle of tea and the package of sandwiches that I had brought with me.
Gagman, Maurice Doubtful Motives
Nearly 50 per cent of your new additions have been lateral hires, who would be useful in turnkey solutions.
Samachar (2005)

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