Meaning of LATERAL in English

I. ˈla-tə-rəl also ˈla-trəl adjective

Etymology: Middle English laterale, from Latin lateralis, from later-, latus side

Date: 15th century

1. : of or relating to the side

2. : situated on, directed toward, or coming from the side

3. : extending from side to side

the lateral axis of an airplane

4. : produced with passage of breath around the side of a constriction formed with the tongue

l is lateral

• lat·er·al·ly adverb

II. noun

Date: 1851

1. : a branch from the main part (as in an irrigation or electrical system)

2. : a pass in football thrown parallel to the line of scrimmage or in a direction away from the opponent's goal

3. : a lateral speech sound

III. intransitive verb

Date: 1944

: to throw a lateral

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.