To see details on the word
please enable javascript.

Go to New Version of This Page
This old version has not been updated since 2016,
but we're leaving it in case you prefer it.
Show What's New
Please update your links from the new version.

His job change was a lateral move, but he was eager to transfer to California.
  situated at or extending to the side

or in football:  a pass that is sideways or backwards relative to the line of scrimmage
 Mark word for later review on this computer
lateral laterally laterals lateraled
Web Links:
(try right-click if popups are disabled)
Dictionary -®
Dictionary/Synonyms - Google®
Dictionary List - OneLook®
  • His job change was a lateral move, but he was eager to transfer to California.
  • The veteran basketball player made a lateral move from starting point guard to starting shooting guard after the team acquired a new younger point guard.
  • The desperate football team scored off the kickoff thanks to four incredible laterals.
  • The lateral branches of a tree looked too heavy.

  • Show more
  • I took Drew’s handoff and worked my way toward the sideline, forcing them to pursue laterally.
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy
  • Yes, the vibration problem has been overcome by the exclusive Vibro-Dynamic-Lateral-Anti-Inertial Dampening system.
    Christopher Paul Curtis  --  The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
  • Then, in one fluid motion, Yousef slid laterally across the expressway and was soon on the highway for non-Muslims.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • The elevator comes to a slight pause and then begins to move laterally to the left.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Now someone tell me what they observe about Ms. Prior’s lateral prefrontal cortex.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • There are small lateral columns of water outside which receive the force, and which transmit and multiply it in the manner which is familiar to you.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

  • Show more again
  • —PATRON MINETTE Saint-Simon, Owen, Fourier, are there also, in lateral galleries.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Grant saw that this particular skeleton had also been twisted laterally, so that the right leg and foot were raised up above the backbone.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • I took a frenzied pleasure in contrasting its downward with its lateral velocity.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • Across the sanctuary, on the left lateral wall, Langdon balanced atop a pew and scraped upward on the wall trying to reach the cleat.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • There is only a single distinguishing characteristic that is absolutely reliable: On the underside of the wild potato’s tiny green leaflets are conspicuous lateral veins; such veins are invisible on the leaflets of the wild sweet pea.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • So with large fish I aimed for the ventral area beneath their gills and their lateral fins, for a fish’s instinctive reaction when struck there was to swim up, away from the hook, in the very direction I was pulling.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Then, turning to Monte Cristo,—"I hope you will permit me to leave you for a few minutes," continued she; and without awaiting any reply, disappeared behind a clump of trees, and escaped to the house by a lateral alley.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Its oblong body ended in a very long caudal fin and its lateral fins in actual fingers.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • The route climbed up and down the unsettled rocks of the Khumbu Glacier’s lateral moraine for several miles, then dropped down onto the glacier itself.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • A secondary and minor laceration of the right hand is noted, of recent origin, and extends laterally from the fold between the thumb and forefinger to the outside of the wrist.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • A workman’s eyes snap shut while he’s going at full run, and he drops in his tracks; two of his buddies running by grab him up and lateral him into a furnace as they pass.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • The further one descended the garden, the more glorious was this lateral view.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • The bullet of your thought must have overcome its lateral and ricochet motion and fallen into its last and steady course before it reaches the ear of the hearer, else it may plow out again through the side of his head.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • The answer has always been that language is a skill acquired laterally — that what children pick up from other children is as, or more, important in the acquisition of language as what they pick up at home.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • All I’m really saying is that we readers sometimes forget how long literary composition can take and how very much lateral thinking can go on in that amount of time.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • She moved it laterally on the surface of pebbles, where its numerous heraldic tufts and foliations made a rustling noise, and sometimes she scratched the bluff with a small whimper.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Over a sharp lip of lateral moraine, the debris band that forms at the edge of a glacier, he was suddenly face to face with a five-thousand-foot wall blocking any hope of further progress.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • I turned off the keel catwalk, down a lateral passageway that ended at a hatch in the ship’s hull.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • As he approached the stream, his heart began to thump; he summoned up, however, all his resolution, gave his horse half a score of kicks in the ribs, and attempted to dash briskly across the bridge; but instead of starting forward, the perverse old animal made a lateral movement, and ran broadside against the fence.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • I placed his desk close up to a small side-window in that part of the room, a window which originally had afforded a lateral view of certain grimy back-yards and bricks, but which, owing to subsequent erections, commanded at present no view at all, though it gave some light.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • And here, not to clog the sequel with lateral matters, it may be added that at a suitable hour, the Master-at-arms was committed to the sea with every funeral honor properly belonging to his naval grade.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • "I got it a half hour ago on the lateral array," Jones said.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • Thus, by using the clay or washboard laterals, they could avoid retracing the same highway and save a few miles.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • He allowed his head to swing laterally three or four times in silence.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • He expressed the West with a sweeping, lateral gesture.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • They begin to deepen; they pile story upon story; they mount upon each other; they gush forth at the top, like all laterally compressed growth, and there is a rivalry as to which shall thrust its head above its neighbors, for the sake of getting a little air.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • He put the barrel of his automatic laterally against the flesh of the assassin’s arm muscle and pulled the trigger.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Lateral truths point to the falseness of axioms and postulates underlying one’s existing system of getting at truth.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Annie Kate dropped my hand quickly, and I moved laterally away from her.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • He studies in his apartment, and occasionally up at one of the libraries at Columbia, learning about the matter-of-fact aspects of his profession: electricity, materials, lateral forces.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • …. and Johnson hit Jeffries at an angle of 45 degrees from his lower left lateral incisor, producing an instantaneous blocking of his entire thalamic rine, frosting it over like the freezing unit of a refrigerator, thus shattering his autonomous nervous system and rocking the big brick-laying creampuff with extreme hyperspasmic muscular tremors which dropped him dead on the extreme tip of his coccyx, which, in turn, produced a sharp traumatic reaction in his sphincter nerve and muscle,…
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Narrator: reclined laterally, left, with right and left legs flexed, the index finger and thumb of the right hand resting on the bridge of the nose, in the attitude depicted in a snapshot photograph made by Percy Apjohn, the childman weary, the manchild in the womb.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Unseen scalpels completed the job of opening her, lateral incisions appearing like obscene time-lapse footage of a mad surgeon’s favorite operation.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • April 8, 1928 The day dawned bleak and chill, amoving wall of gray light out of the northeast which,instead of dissolvinginto moisture, seemed to disintegrate into minute and venomous particles, like dust that, when Dilsey opened the door of the cabin and emerged, needled laterally into her flesh, precipitating not so much amoisture as a substance partakingof the quality of thin, not quite congealed oil.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • …Now from the north Of Norumbega, and the Samoed shore, Bursting their brazen dungeon, armed with ice, And snow, and hail, and stormy gust and flaw, Boreas, and Caecias, and Argestes loud, And Thrascias, rend the woods, and seas upturn; With adverse blast upturns them from the south Notus, and Afer black with thunderous clouds From Serraliona; thwart of these, as fierce, Forth rush the Levant and the Ponent winds, Eurus and Zephyr, with their lateral noise, Sirocco and Libecchio.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • In youth, the tulip-tree, or Liriodendron Tulipferum, the most magnificent of American foresters, has a trunk peculiarly smooth, and often rises to a great height without lateral branches; but, in its riper age, the bark becomes gnarled and uneven, while many short limbs make their appearance on the stem.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Gold-Bug
  • Friction wheels control lateral motion (movement to either side of the track).
    Annenberg Learner  --  Amusement Park Physics
  • Friction wheels control lateral motion (movement to either side of the track).
    Annenberg Learner (Foundation)  --  Amusement Park Physics - Rollercoaster Pages
  • Just as Hema feared, there was a lateral tear in the uterus.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Smoke filled the caverns between buildings and reduced lateral visibility to a few blocks.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
Search for samples from other sources:
(try right-click if popups are disabled)
Interest -- Source
General -- Google News®
General -- Time® Magazine
General -- Twitter®
Associated words [difficulty]:   lateral [3]
     If popups are enabled: Search in OneLook®   If Flash® is also enabled: Search in Visuwords®
Most commonly used in these subjects:   Engineering, Nature & Ecology, Science
Home . . . enhancing vocabulary while reading