American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or situated at or on the side.
- adj. 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.
- adj. Linguistics Of, relating to, or being a sound produced by breath passing along one or both sides of the tongue.
- n. A lateral part, projection, passage, or appendage.
- n. Football A lateral pass.
- n. Linguistics A lateral sound, such as (l).
- v. To execute a lateral pass.
- v. To pass (the ball) sideways or backward.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the side; situated at, proceeding from, or directed to a side: as, a lateral projection; lateral shoots or branches; a lateral view.
- In anatomy and zoology, situated on either side of the median vertical longitudinal plane of the body; lying laterad of the meson: as, the lateral ventricles of the brain; the lateral line of a fish; the lateral margin of a thorax, elytrum, or abdomen.
- In conchology, specifically, situated on either side of the hinge: contrasted with cardinal: as, the lateral tooth of a bivalve. Also admedian.
- In botany, belonging to or borne upon the side of any organ: sometimes contrasted with terminal (as, lateral buds), sometimes with medial (as, lateral ribs or nerves of a leaf or glume).
- In physics and mech., at right angles to a line of motion or of strain. Lateral is also sometimes inaccurately used for transverse, or at right angles to the longest axis of a body: thus, lateral (in place of transverse) pressure and strength are spoken of.
- n. In conch.:
- n. A lateral or admedian tooth of a bivalve, as distinguished from a cardinal tooth. See cut under bivalve.
- n. One of the uncini, or uncinal teeth of the radula.
- n. A side branch or division of anything; a part projecting from one side; specifically, in a grape-vine, one of the side shoots which spring from the axils of the leaves of a main shoot.
- n. A small ditch or distributary from a main or principal irrigation ditch.
- n. plural In the pelecypod mollusks, the lateral hinge-teeth, those lying at the sides or ends of the hinge-plate, anterior or posterior to the median or cardinal teeth.
- adj. To the side; of or pertaining to the side.
- adj. anatomy Pertaining to the left or right of the body; further from the midline.
- adj. this sense?) (botany) Pertaining to the girth of an organ, rather than its thickness or length.
- adj. 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.
- n. an object, such as a passage or a protrusion, that is situated on the side of something else
- n. linguistics a sound produced through lateral pronunciation (such as /l/ in lateral)
- n. American football a lateral pass
- v. To move (oneself or something) in a lateral direction
- v. American football To execute a lateral pass
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to the sides
- adj. (Anat.) Lying at, or extending toward, the side; away from the mesial plane; external; -- opposed to
- adj. Directed to the side.
- n. (Football) A short pass to a receiver who is upfield from the passer, i.e. is behind the passer relative to the direction of the passer's goal.
- n. A part or extension of something that points sideways, as a drift in a mine that goes to the side from the main one.
- v. (Football) To pass the footbal to a receiver who is behind the passer; to make a lateral pass.
- adj. situated at or extending to the side
- adj. lying away from the median and sagittal plane of a body
- n. a pass to a receiver upfield from the passer
- From Latin laterālis ("belonging to the side"), from latus ("a side") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin laterālis, from latus, later-, side. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“On the lateral side may be recognised the _lateral process (external tuberosity) _ of the calcaneus; the _trochlear process (peroneal tubercle) _ on the same bone; the _cuboid_; and the prominent base of the _fifth metatarsal_.”
“-- The term lateral should be understood, as applied to aeroplanes.”
“Mr de Bono, who lives in the Channel Islands, is originator of the term lateral thinking and is widely regarded as the world's leading authority in the field of creative and conceptual thinking.”
“Thats what I call lateral thinking, now how about an organic juice bar next door !”
“The answer to both your problems lies in lateral thinking.”
“But I get a bit flustered, though, when it's implied that "hook and lateral" is incorrect.”
“A bit more lateral is him coming up with a rat parachute brigade as reinforcements.”
“(Dated Sept. 1943, I must add.) “The sight computes the range and automatically compensates for ballistics and prediction … data input is transmitted to the computing mechanism … After the complete solution, the line of sight is offset the proper amounts from the line of bore, in lateral and vertical planes, to compensate in all deflections.””
“Alternative versions of the same basic story will follow their own parallel paths, the sum of these versions constituting a plane, extending sideways, so to speak, in lateral time.”
“The upper canines of males are short and slender and cross the lower canines in lateral view.”
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