lateral Lateral means relating to the sides of something, or moving in a sideways direction. adj usu ADJ n McKinnon estimated the lateral movement of the bridge to be between four and six inches.
laterally adv usu ADV after v Shafts were sunk, with tunnels dug laterally.
Lateral thinking is a method of solving problems by using your imagination to help you think of solutions that are not obvious at first.
(mainly BRIT) n-uncount
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