Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

lateral thinking

noun

Simple Definition of lateral thinking

  • : a method for solving problems by making unusual or unexpected connections between ideas

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of lateral thinking

chiefly British

  1. :  a method for solving problems by making unusual or unexpected connections between ideas

Word by Word Definitions

lateralplay
  1. :  of or relating to the side

    :  situated on, directed toward, or coming from the side

    :  extending from side to side

  1. :  a branch from the main part (as in an irrigation or electrical system)

    :  a pass in football thrown parallel to the line of scrimmage or in a direction away from the opponent's goal

    :  a lateral speech sound

  1. :  to throw a lateral

thinking
  1. :  the action of using one's mind to produce thoughts

    :  opinion, judgment

    :  thought that is characteristic (as of a period, group, or person)

  1. :  marked by use of the intellect :  rational


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up lateral thinking? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).