Lateral meaning

lătər-əl
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Characterized by an unconventional or innovative line of reasoning.

Lateral thinking.

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To pass (the ball) sideways or backward.
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(phonet.) 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.
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Of, relating to, or situated at or on the side.
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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.

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Of, at, from, on, or toward the side; sideways.

Lateral movement.

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A lateral part, projection, passage, or appendage.
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(football) A lateral pass.
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(linguistics) A lateral sound, such as (l).
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To execute a lateral pass.
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Not involving a significant change in prestige, income, etc.; being neither a promotion nor a demotion.

An employee's lateral move to another job within the company.

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(bot.) Growing on the side of a stem or branch.

A lateral bud.

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Anything located, done, etc. to the side; lateral part, growth, branch, etc.
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(football) A short pass parallel to the goal line or in a slightly backward direction.
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(mining) A drift off to the side of and parallel to a main drift.
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(phonet.) A lateral sound, as (l)
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To pass (the ball) as a lateral.
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Relating to or situated at or on the side.
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A lateral part, projection, passage, or appendage.
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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.

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(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.
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An object, such as a passage or a protrusion, that is situated on the side of something else.
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(linguistics) A sound produced through lateral pronunciation (such as /l/ in lateral)
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(American football) A lateral pass.
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To move (oneself or something) in a lateral direction.
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(American football) To execute a lateral pass.
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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.

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(linguistics) Of, relating to, or being a sound produced by breath passing along one or both sides of the tongue.
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(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.

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Origin of lateral

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin laterālis from latus later- side

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin laterālis (“belonging to the side"), from latus (“a side")

    From Wiktionary