Pronunciation: (lat'ur-ul),[key] —adj. 1. of or pertaining to the side; situated at, proceeding from, or directed to a side: a lateral view. 2. pertaining to or entailing a position, office, etc., that is different but equivalent or roughly equivalent in status, as distinguished from a promotion or demotion: a lateral move. 3. Phonet.articulated so that the breath passes on either or both sides of the tongue, as l.
—n. 1. a lateral part or extension, as a branch or shoot.
2. Mining.a small drift off to the side of a principal one.
3. Phonet.a lateral speech sound.
4. Football.See lateral pass.
—v.i. 1. Football.to throw a lateral pass.
2. to move laterally or sideways: migrating birds lateraling down into Cape May.
—v.t. Football.to throw (the ball) in a lateral pass.