Lateral equation
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]


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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lateral cleavage — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lateral line — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lateral pressure — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lateral strength — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lateral system — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lateral communication — means communication between and amongst all given entities at a particular level of an organization.For example:* a coordinated flock of birds or a shoal of fish all maintain their relative positions, or alter direction simultaneously due to… …   Wikipedia

  • Lateral media — can be seen as any specific technology to promote lateral communication. A grapevine is in effect lateral communication but is not necessarily a lateral media if there is no technology. We then can consider informal help networks, email… …   Wikipedia

  • Lateral earth pressure — is the pressure that soil exerts in the horizontal plane. The common applications of lateral earth pressure theory are for the design of ground engineering structures such as retaining walls, basements, tunnels, and to determine the friction on… …   Wikipedia

  • Lateral diffusion — is the process whereby information can be spread from one node in a social network to another, often in a selective way, and can rapidly traverse an entire population, but preferentially to those nodes likely to be interested, or needing to… …   Wikipedia

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