Lateral Lat"er*al, a. [L. lateralis, fr. latus, lateris, side: cf. F. lat['e]ral.] 1. Of or pertaining to the sides; as, the lateral walls of a house; the lateral branches of a tree. [1913 Webster]

2. (Anat.) Lying at, or extending toward, the side; away from the mesial plane; external; -- opposed to {mesial}. [1913 Webster]

3. Directed to the side; as, a lateral view of a thing. [1913 Webster]

{Lateral cleavage} (Crystallog.), cleavage parallel to the lateral planes.

{Lateral equation} (Math.), an equation of the first degree. [Obs.]

{Lateral line} (Anat.), in fishes, a line of sensory organs along either side of the body, often marked by a distinct line of color.

{Lateral pressure} or {stress} (Mech.), a pressure or stress at right angles to the length, as of a beam or bridge; -- distinguished from longitudinal pressure or stress.

{Lateral strength} (Mech.), strength which resists a tendency to fracture arising from lateral pressure.

{Lateral system} (Bridge Building), the system of horizontal braces (as between two vertical trusses) by which lateral stiffness is secured. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • lateral — LATERÁL, Ă, laterali, e, adj. 1. Situat pe (una dintre) laturi, pe o parte a unui lucru; situat la margine, la periferie, departe de un centru; lăturalnic. ♢ Arie (sau suprafaţă) laterală = mărimea suprafeţei unui corp prismatic, fără suprafeţele …   Dicționar Român

  • lateral — adjetivo 1. Que está situado en un lado: Han arreglado los pabellones laterales. Entra por la puerta lateral, no por la principal. decúbito* lateral. 2. Que tiene una importancia secundaria o no principal: Han llegado a un acuerdo, excepto en… …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • Lateral — (lateinisch latus, ‚Seite‘) bezeichnet: in der Anatomie von der Körpermitte abgewandt, siehe Lage und Richtungsbezeichnungen in der Phonetik die Bildungsart von Konsonanten, siehe Lateral (Phonetik) in der Schifffahrt die seitliche… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Lateral — may refer to:*Lateral, an anatomical direction see Human anatomical terms *Lateral pass, type of pass in American and Canadian football *Lateral thinking, thinking concerned with changing concepts and perception *Lateral consonants, L like… …   Wikipedia

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  • lateral — [lat′ər əl] adj. [L lateralis < latus (gen. lateris), a side, prob. akin to latus, broad < IE * stlā to < base * stel , to spread out > Arm lain, broad] 1. of, at, from, on, or toward the side; sideways [lateral movement] 2.… …   English World dictionary

  • latéral — latéral, ale (la té ral, ra l ) adj. Qui appartient au côté de quelque chose. Chapelle latérale. Galerie latérale. •   S il y avait une autre action, cette action ne pourrait être que latérale, VOLT. Feu, II, 2.    Canal latéral, canal qui longe… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • lateral — Adj seitlich, die Seite betreffend per. Wortschatz fach. (20. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus l. laterālis, einer Ableitung von l. latus ( teris) Seite . Auch bilateral.    Ebenso nndl. lateraal, ne. lateral, nfrz. latéral, nschw. lateral, nnorw.… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • lateral — (Del lat. laterālis). 1. adj. Situado al lado de una cosa. 2. Que no viene por línea recta. Sucesión, línea lateral. 3. Dicho de un futbolista o de un jugador de otros deportes: Que actúa junto a las bandas del terreno de juego con funciones… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

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