[adjective] [before noun; not gradable] [specialized] - relating to the sides of an object or to sideways movementStrong lateral forces are exerted on the driver of a racing car that is travelling round a bend.Lateral shoots on a plant are ones which grow sideways from the main stem.Lateral thinking is a way of solving a problem by thinking about it imaginatively and originally and not using traditional or expected methods.
Meaning of LATERAL in English
Cambridge English vocab. Кембриджский английский словарь. 2012