Meaning of “lateral” in the English Dictionary

"lateral" in British English

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lateraladjective

uk /ˈlæt.ər.əl/ 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 that the air flows to the side:

In English, /l/ is lateral.

(Definition of “lateral” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lateral" in American English

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lateraladjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈlæt̬·ər·əl/

relating to the sides of an object or to sideways movement:

The bird spread its wings for lateral stability.

(Definition of “lateral” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"lateral" in Business English

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lateraladjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈlætərəl/ us

related to the side of an object or to sideways movement:

Designers added more storage space, with lateral expansion of the rear compartment.

HR at the same level in an organization or between two different organizations:

lateral move/movement Susan's lateral move to do the same job at a competitor meant better benefits and more pay.
We've made a number of important lateral hires from quality firms.
laterally
adverb

He moved laterally to head the consumer and small business banking division of a national bank.

(Definition of “lateral” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)