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Examples of lateral in a sentence

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Below you will find the definition of lateral, followed by 39 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.


(adjective) - situated at or extending to the side

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EXAMPLES - Lateral in a Sentence

  1. In the medulla it is known as the lateral nucleus. (source)
  2. These vascular membranes are called the lateral septa. (source)
  3. The answer to both your problems lies in lateral thinking. (source)
  4. Addams applied the idea of lateral progress to numerous issues. (source)
  5. -- The term lateral should be understood, as applied to aeroplanes. (source)
  6. The term lateral thinking was invented by Edward de Bono in the 1960s. (source)
  7. Excels in lateral pursuit, scraping and flowing to the ball with ease ... (source)
  8. (A continuation of the stem) What did the other buds, called lateral buds, become? (source)
  9. Of these the lateral are the stronger, and are continuous with the iliotibial band. (source)
  10. But I get a bit flustered, though, when it's implied that "hook and lateral" is incorrect. (source)
  11. The upper canines of males are short and slender and cross the lower canines in lateral view. (source)
  12. While Crnich calls the lateral move from Diebold to Hart "progress," I see it as a false alternative. (source)
  13. Of these two ridges, the lateral is the more prominent, and descends to the summit of the lateral condyle. (source)
  14. Because of the fact that they lie on either side of the midline they are referred to as the lateral ventricles. (source)
  15. The middle region of the lower zone is the hypogastric or pubic, and the lateral are the right and left iliac or inguinal. (source)
  16. Those at the edge are called lateral moraines, those in the middle, medial moraines, and those at the end, terminal moraines. (source)
  17. These sound-receptor cells are located in a line running along the mid-region of either side and are referred to as the lateral lines. (source)
  18. At the same time the edges of Soleus can be seen forming, on either side of Gastrocnemius, curved eminences, of which the lateral is the longer. (source)
  19. Push and pull which allows a longer term lateral basing pattern to form to cool down the oscillators and emotions from a too bullish perspective. (source)
  20. Keeps his shoulders square in lateral movements and can easily knife under the kick-out blocks to come off and make the plays behind the line of scrimmage. (source)
  21. These two last are eddies, caused by the obstacle presented by the earth in being _pushed_ out from the centre by the moon, and are called lateral vortices. (source)
  22. On its volar surface are two articular eminences, of which the lateral is the larger, for the two sesamoid bones in the tendons of the Flexor pollicis brevis. (source)
  23. The procedure is known as lateral branch denervation and ablates the afferent nociceptive nerves that originate in the sacroiliac joint and surrounding tissue. (source)
  24. On the other hand, a stream erodes its banks at all stages in its history, and with graded rivers this process, called lateral erosion, or PLANATION, is specially important. (source)
  25. The ice from the Vostok and Dome Concordia cores will have hence been subjected to long-term lateral stress and plenty of untraceable faulting, at all scales down to the molecular. (source)
  26. Has the speed to make the chase in lateral pursuit, but needs to take better angles to the ball as he tends to fall to the ground a lot when trying to move through tight quarters ... (source)
  27. So-called lateral hiring, which was popular before the 2008 downturn, bounced back last year after slowing the previous year, according to a report to be published Wednesday by American Lawyer. (source)
  28. Mr de Bono, who lives in the Channel Islands, is originator of the term lateral thinking and is widely regarded as the world's leading authority in the field of creative and conceptual thinking. (source)
  29. Imagine if instead of creating "Czars," he appointed people who understood from the get-go that their jobs required them to work collaboratively -- go "lateral" -- with their counterparts in other agencies. (source)
  30. If the further connections of the cochlear nerve of one side, say the left, be considered, it is found that they lie lateral to the main sensory tract, the lemniscus, and are therefore termed the lateral lemniscus. (source)
  31. On the lateral side may be recognised the _lateral process (external tuberosity) _ of the calcaneus; the _trochlear process (peroneal tubercle) _ on the same bone; the _cuboid_; and the prominent base of the _fifth metatarsal_. (source)
  32. The neurons of the second order are supposed to pass through the anterior commissure to the superficial antero-lateral fasciculus (tract of Gowers) and pass upward in that portion of it known as the lateral spinothalamic fasciculus. (source)
  33. The superior brachium extends lateralward from the superior colliculus, and, passing between the pulvinar and medial geniculate body, is partly continued into an eminence called the lateral geniculate body, and partly into the optic tract. (source)
  34. On the lateral surface of each peduncle there is a second longitudinal furrow, termed the lateral sulcus; the fibers of the lateral lemniscus come to the surface in this sulcus, and pass backward and upward, to disappear under the inferior colliculus. (source)
  35. Looking at them thus in lateral perspective, I can compare them, wild and savage as they are, to nothing, save that vista of exquisitely carved and decorated flying buttresses just below the roof of Milan Cathedral, which is known as the Giardino Botanico. (source)
  36. Immediately after placement in the formwork until achievement of its inherent stability, the concrete mix, under the effect of its own load and of compaction by vibration, exerts lateral pressure on the formwork which is called lateral pressure of the concrete mix. (source)
  37. In some cases the curvature of the spine is lateral, that is to say, either to the one side or the other; the most of such cases are connected with tubercles (abscesses?) within the spine; and in some, the positions in which they have been accustomed to lie cooperate with the disease. (source)
  38. Forbes: Do you think, looking to the future, there'll be more negotiations such as these bilateral free-trade agreements or, I love the word you had, pluri-lateral, which is these counterfeit negotiations, instead of one comprehensive negotiation, there will be a lot of atomistic negotiations? (source)
  39. Complete "locked-in syndrome," which is sometimes characterized as "living eyes in a dead body" and was the condition described by Jean-Dominique Bauby in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, [1] is identified by tetraplegia (the paralysis of all four limbs), paralytic mutism (an inability to speak), the oculomotor deviation known as lateral gaze palsy, and the inability to breathe unaided. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 39 example sentences provided below is 48.0, which suggests that "lateral" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.


We have 10 synonyms for lateral.

crabwise, edgeways, flanking, oblique, side, side-by-side, sidelong, sideward, sidewise, skirting


We have 2 antonyms for lateral.

centered, central


Pronunciation: (lătˈər-əl)

Syllabification: lat-er-al


View up to 25 definitions of lateral from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (adjective) Of, relating to, or situated at or on the side.
  2. (adjective) Of or constituting a change within an organization or a hierarchy to a position at a similar level, as in salary or responsibility, to the one being left: made a lateral move within the company.
  3. (adjective) Linguistics Of, relating to, or being a sound produced by breath passing along one or both sides of the tongue.
  4. (noun) A lateral part, projection, passage, or appendage.
  5. (noun) Football A lateral pass.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (adjective) To the side; of or pertaining to the side.
  2. (adjective) Pertaining to the left or right of the body; further from the midline.
  3. (adjective) this sense?) (botany) Pertaining to the girth of an organ, rather than its thickness or length.
  4. (adjective) Pertaining to sounds that are generated by partially blocking the egress of the airstream with the tip of the tongue touching the alveolar ridge, leaving space on one or both sides of the occlusion for the air passage.
  5. (noun) an object, such as a passage or a protrusion, that is situated on the side of something else

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (adjective) Of or pertaining to the sides
  2. (adjective) Lying at, or extending toward, the side; away from the mesial plane; external; -- opposed to mesial.
  3. (adjective) Directed to the side.
  4. (noun) A short pass to a receiver who is upfield from the passer, i.e. is behind the passer relative to the direction of the passer's goal.
  5. (noun) A part or extension of something that points sideways, as a drift in a mine that goes to the side from the main one.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (None) Of or pertaining to the side; situated at, proceeding from, or directed to a side: as, a lateral projection; lateral shoots or branches; a lateral view.
  2. (None) In anatomy and zoology, situated on either side of the median vertical longitudinal plane of the body; lying laterad of the meson: as, the lateral ventricles of the brain; the lateral line of a fish; the lateral margin of a thorax, elytrum, or abdomen.
  3. (None) In conchology, specifically, situated on either side of the hinge: contrasted with cardinal: as, the lateral tooth of a bivalve. Also admedian.
  4. (None) In botany, belonging to or borne upon the side of any organ: sometimes contrasted with terminal (as, lateral buds), sometimes with medial (as, lateral ribs or nerves of a leaf or glume).
  5. (None) In physics and mech., at right angles to a line of motion or of strain.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (adjective) situated at or extending to the side
  2. (adjective) lying away from the median and sagittal plane of a body
  3. (noun) a pass to a receiver upfield from the passer