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"lateral" in British English

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lateraladjective

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 ​sidewaysmovement: lateral ​movement Trim the lateral ​shoots of the ​flower (= the ​ones that ​growsideways from the ​mainstem of a ​plant). specialized phonetics A lateral ​consonant is made when the ​flow of ​air is ​blocked in the ​middle, so that the ​airflows 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 ​sidewaysmovement: The ​birdspreaditswings 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   us   /ˈlætərəl/
related to the ​side of an ​object or to sideways ​movement: Designers ​added more ​storagespace, 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 ​competitormeant better ​benefits and more ​pay. We've made a ​number of important lateral ​hires from ​qualityfirms.
laterally
adverb
He ​moved laterally to ​head the ​consumer and ​smallbusinessbankingdivision of a ​nationalbank.
(Definition of lateral from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “lateral”
in Spanish lateral…
in Vietnamese ở bên…
in Malaysian sisian…
in Thai เกี่ยวกับด้านข้าง…
in French latéral…
in German seitlich…
in Chinese (Simplified) 侧面的, 横向运动的…
in Indonesian dari samping…
in Chinese (Traditional) 側面的, 橫向運動的…
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