Meaning of LATERAL in English

/ ˈlætərəl; NAmE / adjective , noun

■ adjective

[ usually before noun ] ( technical ) connected with the side of sth or with movement to the side :

the lateral branches of a tree

lateral eye movements

►  lat·eral·ly / ˈlætərəli; NAmE / adverb

■ noun

(also ˌlateral ˈconsonant ) ( phonetics ) a consonant sound which is produced by placing a part of the tongue against the palate so that air flows around it on both sides, for example /l/ in lie



late Middle English : from Latin lateralis , from latus , later- side.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.