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  • n. Plural form of lateral.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of lateral.


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  • A recent test in Wauwatosa found four times more storm water flowing into the laterals than into the sewer mains, indicating the laterals could be a major factor in the backups that sent raw sewage into residents'

  • Line by line Foyle traced "laterals," "lakes," and "accidentals," calling to his aid a magnifying glass from his waistcoat pocket.

    The Grell Mystery

  • From this main trunk should be branch lines of "laterals," laid from eight to twelve feet apart, as they would be laid for draining a field.

    Three Acres and Liberty

  • Some of the earthen ditches, called "laterals," are 100 years old.

    Record-Searchlight Stories

  • The poster boys for the information technology sector are already hiring in thousands -- both freshers from campuses, as well as experienced people (called 'laterals').

  • They got it back once more, with nine seconds left and a pass and a bunch of laterals ultimately left the ball in the possession of Arizona defensive tackle Darnell Dockett.

    No mirage: Warner basking as Cards head to first Super Bowl

  • He wiped his glasses the better to behold his beloved water, then seized a hoe and strode down the main ditch to open more laterals.


  • A five-inch stream of sparkling water splashed into the shallow main ditch of his irrigation system and flowed away across the orchard through many laterals.


  • Old Hughie, hoe in hand, plodded along the main artery of running water, opening certain laterals, closing others.


  • Extracting oil and gas from shale requires drilling long laterals into the rock and fracturing it with a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals.

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