(noun, adjective, verb)


1. situated at or extending to the side

- the lateral branches of a tree

Similar word(s): side, sidelong

2. lying away from the median and sagittal plane of a body

- lateral lemniscus

Similar word(s): distal

Sentences with lateral as an adjective:

- Instead of a promotion, I opted for a lateral move to a similar position in the marketing department.

- The medial side of the knee faces the other knee, while the outer side of the knee is lateral.

- A fish senses changes in hydrodynamic pressure with its lateral line.


1. a pass to a receiver upfield from the passer

Definition categories: act, pass, passing


1. To move (oneself or something) in a lateral direction

2. (American football) To execute a lateral pass