- The definition of lateral is sideways.
An example of lateral is a change in job where you get different responsibilities but do not get promoted.
- of, at, from, on, or toward the side; sideways: lateral movement
- articulated by partial blockage of the air passage with the tongue in such a way that breath escapes along one or both sides of the tongue
- Bot. growing on the side of a stem or branch: a lateral bud
Origin of lateralClassical Latin lateralis ; from latus (gen. lateris), a side, probably akin to latus, broad ; from Indo-European an unverified form stlā-to- ; from base an unverified form stel-, to spread out from source Armenian lain, broad
- anything located, done, etc. to the side; lateral part, growth, branch, etc.
- ☆ Football a short pass parallel to the goal line or in a slightly backward directionin full lateral pass
- Mining a drift off to the side of and parallel to a main drift
- Phonet. a lateral sound, as (l)
- Of, relating to, or situated at or on the side.
- Of or constituting a change within an organization or hierarchy to a position at a similar level, as in salary or responsibility, to the one being left: made a lateral move within the company.
- Linguistics Of, relating to, or being a sound produced by breath passing along one or both sides of the tongue.
- A lateral part, projection, passage, or appendage.
- Football A lateral pass.
- Linguistics A lateral sound, such as (l).
verblat·er·aled, lat·er·al·ing, lat·er·als also lat·er·alled or lat·er·al·ling Football
Origin of lateralMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin laterālis, from latus, later-, side.
(comparative more lateral, superlative most lateral)
- To the side; of or pertaining to the side.
- Instead of a promotion, I opted for a lateral move to a similar position in the marketing department.
- (anatomy) Pertaining to the left or right of the body; further from the midline.
- The medial side of the knee faces the other knee, while the outer side of the knee is lateral.
- A fish senses changes in hydrodynamic pressure with its lateral line.
- (linguistics) Pertaining to sounds that are generated by partially blocking the egress of the airstream with the tip of the tongue touching the alveolar ridge, leaving space on one or both sides of the occlusion for the air passage.
(third-person singular simple present laterals, present participle lateralling or lateraling, simple past and past participle lateralled or lateraled)
- To move (oneself or something) in a lateral direction
- (American football) To execute a lateral pass
From Latin laterālis (“belonging to the side”), from latus (“a side”)