The definition of lateral is sideways.(adjective)
An example of lateral is a change in job where you get different responsibilities but do not get promoted.
See lateral in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: L lateralis < latus (gen. lateris), a side, prob. akin to latus, broad < IE *stlā-to- < base *stel-, to spread out > Arm lain, broad
transitive verb, intransitive verb
See lateral in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Latin laterālis
Origin: , from latus, later-, side.
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