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Meaning of lateral

lat•er•al

Pronunciation: (lat'ur-ul), [key]
— adj.
  1. of or pertaining to the side; situated at, proceeding from, or directed to a side: a lateral view.
  2. pertaining to or entailing a position, office, etc., that is different but equivalent or roughly equivalent in status, as distinguished from a promotion or demotion: a lateral move.
  3. articulated so that the breath passes on either or both sides of the tongue, as l.
—n.
  1. a lateral part or extension, as a branch or shoot.
  2. a small drift off to the side of a principal one.
  3. a lateral speech sound.
  4. See
—v.i.
  1. to throw a lateral pass.
  2. to move laterally or sideways: migrating birds lateraling down into Cape May.
—v.t.
  1. to throw (the ball) in a lateral pass.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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