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Linear vs. Lateral

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Linearadjective

Having the form of a line; straight.

Lateraladjective

To the side; of or pertaining to the side.

‘Instead of a promotion, I opted for a lateral move to a similar position in the marketing department.’;

Linearadjective

Of or relating to lines.

Lateraladjective

Non-linear or unconventional, as in, lateral thinking.

Linearadjective

Made in a step-by-step, logical manner.

Lateraladjective

(anatomy) Pertaining to the left or right of the body; further from the midline.

‘The medial side of the knee faces the other knee, while the outer side of the knee is lateral.’; ‘A fish senses changes in hydrodynamic pressure with its lateral line.’;

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Linearadjective

Long and narrow, with nearly parallel sides.

Lateraladjective

(physics) At right angles to a line of motion or strain.

Linearadjective

(mathematics) Of or relating to a class of polynomial of the form y = ax + b .

Lateraladjective

Pertaining to sounds 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 air passage.

Linearadjective

(physics) A type of length measurement involving only one spatial dimension as opposed to area or volume.

‘a linear meter’;

Lateralnoun

An object, such as a passage or a protrusion, that is situated on the side of something else.

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Linearadjective

Of or pertaining to a line; consisting of lines; in a straight direction; lineal.

Lateralnoun

(linguistics) A sound produced through lateral pronunciation (such as /l/ in lateral).

Linearadjective

Like a line; narrow; of the same breadth throughout, except at the extremities; as, a linear leaf.

Lateralnoun

(American football) A lateral pass.

Linearadjective

Thinking in a step-by-step analytical and logical fashion; contrasted with holistic, i.e. thinking in terms of complex interrelated patterns; as, linear thinkers.

‘Linear thinkers concluded that by taking the world apart, the actions of people were more predictable and controllable.’;

Lateralnoun

(business) An employee hired for a position at the same organizational level or salary as their previous position.

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Linearadjective

designating or involving an equation whose terms are of the first degree

Lateralverb

To move (oneself or something) in a lateral direction.

Linearadjective

of or in or along or relating to a line; involving a single dimension;

‘a linear foot’;

Lateralverb

(American football) To execute a lateral pass.

Linearadjective

of a circuit or device having an output that is proportional to the input;

‘analogue device’; ‘linear amplifier’;

Lateraladjective

Of or pertaining to the sides; as, the lateral walls of a house; the lateral branches of a tree.

Linearadjective

of a leaf shape; long and narrow

Lateraladjective

Lying at, or extending toward, the side; away from the mesial plane; external; - opposed to mesial.

Linearadjective

measured lengthwise;

‘cost of lumber per running foot’;

Lateraladjective

Directed to the side; as, a lateral view of a thing.

Linearadjective

arranged in or extending along a straight or nearly straight line

‘linear movement’;

Lateralnoun

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.

Linearadjective

consisting of or predominantly formed using lines or outlines

‘simple linear designs’;

Lateralnoun

A part or extension of something that points sideways, as a drift in a mine that goes to the side from the main one.

Linearadjective

involving one dimension only

‘linear elasticity’;

Lateralverb

To pass the footbal to a receiver who is behind the passer; to make a lateral pass; as, the ball was lateraled to the fullback, who ran it for a touchdown.

Linearadjective

able to be represented by a straight line on a graph

‘linear functions’;

Lateralnoun

a pass to a receiver upfield from the passer

Linearadjective

involving or exhibiting directly proportional change in two related quantities

‘linear relationship’;

Lateraladjective

situated at or extending to the side;

‘the lateral branches of a tree’; ‘shot out sidelong boughs’;

Linearadjective

progressing from one stage to another in a single series of steps; sequential

‘a linear narrative’;

Lateraladjective

lying away from the median and sagittal plane of a body;

‘lateral lemniscus’;

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