Definition of lateral noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈlætərəl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlætərəl//
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(also lateral consonant) (phonetics) a consonant sound which is produced by placing a part of the tongue against the palate so that air flows around it on both sides, for example /l/ in lie Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin lateralis, from latus, later- ‘side’.
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