Meaning of LATERAL in English

adj. & n.


1. of, at, towards, or from the side or sides.

2 descended from a brother or sister of a person in direct line.

--n. a side part etc., esp. a lateral shoot or branch.

Phrases and idioms:

lateral line Zool. a visible line along the side of a fish consisting of a series of sense organs acting as vibration receptors. lateral thinking a method of solving problems indirectly or by apparently illogical methods.


laterally adv.

Etymology: L lateralis f. latus lateris side

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.