[l_ˈa_t_ə_ɹ_əl], [lˈatəɹə͡l], [lˈatəɹə‍l]

Definitions of lateral:

  1.   lying away from the median and sagittal plane of a body; " lateral lemniscus"
  2.   Pertaining to the side.
  3.   On the side; on the outer side, as distinguished from medial.
  4.   Proceeding from the side, or inclined to it; on, in, or of the side.
  5.   Belonging to the side: proceeding from or in the direction of the side.
  6.   Lying at, or extending toward, the side; away from the mesial plane; external; - opposed to mesial.
  7.   a pass to a receiver upfield from the passer
  8.   situated at or extending to the side; " the lateral branches of a tree"; " shot out sidelong boughs"- Tennyson
  9.   Laterally.
  10.   Pertaining to, proceeding from, or directed toward the side.
  11.   Or situated at a side; or at a side of an axis.
  12.   Directed to the side; as, a lateral view of a thing.
  13.   Pertaining to the side; from, or in the direction of, the side.
  14.   Of or pertaining to the sides; as, the lateral walls of a house; the lateral branches of a tree.
  15.   Pertaining to or proceeding from the side.

Antonyms for lateral:

mesial, top, bottom.

Quotes for lateral:

  1. The other thing about FEMA, my understanding is that it was supposed to move into the Department of Homeland Security... and be what it was, but also having a lot of lateral communication with all those others involved in that issue of homeland security. – Warren Rudman

Usage examples for lateral:

  1. Or see an unexpected manifestation of this intelligence when we cut off the central and leading shoot of a spruce or of a pine tree, and straightway one of the lateral and horizontal branches rises up, takes the place of the lost leader, and carries the tree upward; or in the roots of a tree working their way through the ground much like molten metal, parting and uniting, taking the form of whatever object they touch, shaping themselves to the rock, flowing into its seams, the better to get a grip upon the earth and thus maintain an upright position. ” – Ways of Nature by John Burroughs
  2. If the evidence of ominous fissures and lateral cracks were to be read aright, there was no telling the moment when they might be buried under another avalanche of thousands of tons of stone. ” – His Unknown Wife by Louis Tracy
  3. With an alternating movement, first in this direction, then in that, she lays, upon the support of the radii, a thread that forms two acute angles at the lateral boundaries of the faulty part and describes a zigzag line not wholly unlike the ornament known as the fret. ” – The Life of the Spider by J. Henri Fabre
  4. “ Engineers reported that a lateral canal connecting the Potomac and Chesapeake Bay was not feasible. ” – The Paths of Inland Commerce A Chronicle of Trail, Road, and Waterway, Volume 21 in The Chronicles of America Series by Archer B. Hulbert
  5. The inexperienced experimenter is here taught to hold the head of the rabbit " firmly in the left hand," and to bore through its skull " by a few lateral movements of the instrument." ” – Vivisection by Albert Leffingwell
  6. It is Panus stipticus, a small white plant with a short lateral stem, growing on branches, stumps, trunks, etc. ” – Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc. by George Francis Atkinson
  7. The latter contingency is the more likely the further up the tree the ringing takes place, owing to the risk of drying up which threatens the exposed wood, and to the consequent interruption of the transpiration current, and the likelihood that lateral shoots below the wound may divert the water to their own leaves. ” – Disease in Plants by H. Marshall Ward
  8. The weapon, then, entered the body in a lateral direction, that is, from left to right? ” – The Shrieking Pit by Arthur J. Rees
  9. The chief engineer sat at his controls, making the minor lateral adjustments in the vehicle's position which were not possible to the automatic controls. ” – Uller Uprising by Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
  10. They rose from table, passed along a corridor, and struck into a lateral gallery, at the end of which they stopped before a statue of life size, in stone. ” – En Route by J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
  11. All the other structures of the perinaeum will be seen to be either double and lateral or single and median, according as they stand apart from, or approach, or occupy the central line. ” – Surgical Anatomy by Joseph Maclise
  12. Capillitium of very slender threads, stretching from the columella to the wall of the sporangium, more or less branched, and combined into a loose net by short lateral branchlets. ” – The Myxomycetes of the Miami Valley, Ohio by A. P. Morgan
  13. This desert through here is just honeycombed with works of irrigation, great aqueducts, canals and lateral ditches, which at one time must have made this barren waste a field of blossoms. ” – The Boy With the U. S. Survey by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  14. These are the main lines of lateral division. ” – The Story of Rouen by Sir Theodore Andrea Cook
  15. At first it slowly grew and lengthened, then it remained stationary, then it receded and vanished as gradually as it had advanced, and then the girl heard, or fancied that she heard, a faint sound of footsteps, retiring along the lateral colonnades towards the river side of the building. ” – Antonina by Wilkie Collins
  16. “ Spendius advanced along it, Matho followed him, and they found themselves almost immediately in the third enclosure, between the lateral porticoes, in which were the dwellings of the priests. ” – Salammbo by Gustave Flaubert
  17. There had undoubtedly been a lateral pass, perhaps two, but the Morgan's players had so surrounded the play that the whole thing was as unfathomable as it was mysterious and as mysterious as it was unexpected. ” – Left Tackle Thayer by Ralph Henry Barbour
  18. In the lateral and anterior regions of the coronary edge the contraction disappears; and when the weight is thrown off the foot it passes into a gentle expansion of the coronary edge of the toe. ” – Diseases of the Horse's Foot by Harry Caulton Reeks
  19. The function of the lateral line organs is still somewhat obscure. ” – Hormones and Heredity by J. T. Cunningham
  20. “ A dozen or so feet west of the stair- well two doors opened upon the lateral passage. ” – The Paternoster Ruby by Charles Edmonds Walk

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