lateral UK US /ˈlætərəl/ adjective [before noun]
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.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Laterally — Lat er*al*ly, adv. By the side; sidewise; toward, or from, the side. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • laterally — adverb 1. to or by or from the side such women carry in their heads kinship knowledge of six generations depth and extending laterally among consanguineal kin as far as the grandchildren of second cousin • Derived from adjective: ↑lateral 2. in a …   Useful english dictionary

  • laterally — lateral ► ADJECTIVE ▪ of, at, towards, or from the side or sides. ► NOUN ▪ a lateral part, especially a shoot or branch growing out from the side of a stem. DERIVATIVES laterally adverb. ORIGIN Latin lateralis, from latus side …   English terms dictionary

  • laterally — adverb see lateral I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • laterally — See lateral. * * * …   Universalium

  • laterally — adverb a) Done in a lateral manner. b) Relating to the direction to the side …   Wiktionary

  • laterally — (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. alongside, next to, sideways; see parallel 1 …   English dictionary for students

  • laterally — lat·er·al·ly || læ(É™)trÉ™lɪ adv. from the side; to the side, toward the side; sideways; latitudinally …   English contemporary dictionary

  • laterally — adv Sldeways, sidewise, sideway, sidewards, sideward, sideling, sidelong; obliquely, slopingly, aslant, slantwise, slantways; edgeways, edgewise, broadside; abreast, alongside, to one side, beside, by the side of; neck and neck, side by side,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • laterally — lat·er·al·ly …   English syllables

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