lateral thinking

noun

Definition of lateral thinking

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

Word by Word Definitions

lateral play
  1. : of or relating to the side

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

  3. : extending from side to side

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

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

  3. : a lateral speech sound

  1. : to throw a lateral

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

  2. : opinion, judgment

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

  1. : marked by use of the intellect : rational


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