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Definition of lateral noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

lateral

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˈlæt̮ərəl//
 
(also lateral consonant) (phonetics)
 
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a consonant sound that 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
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: lateral

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