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lateral

adjective uk   /ˈlæt.rəl/ us    /ˈlæt̬.ɚ.əl/
[before noun] formal or specialized biology, medical relating to the sides of an object or plant or to sideways movement: lateral movement Trim the lateral shoots of the flower (= the ones that grow sideways from the main stem of a plant). specialized phonetics A lateral consonant is made when the flow of air is blocked in the middle, so the air flows to the side: In English, /l/ is lateral.
laterally
adverb uk   /-i/ us  
Translations of “lateral”
in Spanish lateral…
in French latéral…
in German seitlich…
in Chinese (Traditional) 側面的, 橫向運動的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 侧面的, 横向运动的…
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