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 for Lateral pressure
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lateral \Lat"er*al\, a. [L. lateralis, fr. latus, lateris, side:
     cf. F. lat['e]ral.]
     1. Of or pertaining to the sides; as, the lateral walls of a
        house; the lateral branches of a tree.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Anat.) Lying at, or extending toward, the side; away from
        the mesial plane; external; -- opposed to mesial.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. Directed to the side; as, a lateral view of a thing.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Lateral cleavage (Crystallog.), cleavage parallel to the
        lateral planes.
  
     Lateral equation (Math.), an equation of the first degree.
        [Obs.]
  
     Lateral line (Anat.), in fishes, a line of sensory organs
        along either side of the body, often marked by a distinct
        line of color.
  
     Lateral pressure or stress (Mech.), a pressure or stress
        at right angles to the length, as of a beam or bridge; --
        distinguished from longitudinal pressure or stress.
  
     Lateral strength (Mech.), strength which resists a tendency
        to fracture arising from lateral pressure.
  
     Lateral system (Bridge Building), the system of horizontal
        braces (as between two vertical trusses) by which lateral
        stiffness is secured.
        [1913 Webster] lateral

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