- 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.
lateral definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Classical 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)
- laterally adverb
lateral definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Of, relating to, or situated at or on the side.
- Of or constituting a change within an organization or a 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).
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin laterālis, from latus, later-, side.
- latˈer·al·ly adverb
lateral - Medical Definition
- Relating to or situated at or on the side.
- Situated or extending away from the median plane of the body.
- Relating to the left or right lateral region of the abdomen.
- laterally adverb