Definition of Lateral thinking

1. Noun. A heuristic for solving problems; you try to look at the problem from many angles instead of tackling it head-on.

Definition of Lateral thinking

1. Noun. Using reasoned thought in a non-standard, or non-linear logical, way to find a solution to a problem. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Lateral Thinking

lateral surface
lateral surface of arm
lateral surface of fibula
lateral surface of finger
lateral surface of leg
lateral surface of lower limb
lateral surface of ovary
lateral surface of testis
lateral surface of tibia
lateral surface of toe
lateral surface of zygomatic bone
lateral talocalcaneal ligament
lateral tarsal artery
lateral temporomandibular ligament
lateral thalamic peduncle
lateral thinking (current term)
lateral thoracic artery
lateral thoracic vein
lateral thyrohyoid ligament
lateral transfer
lateral tuberal nuclei
lateral tubercle of posterior process of talus
lateral umbilical fold
lateral umbilical ligament
lateral vastus muscle
lateral vein of lateral ventricle
lateral venous lacunae
lateral ventral hernia
lateral ventricle

Literary usage of Lateral thinking

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1. Words, Words, Words: Teaching Vocabulary in Grades 4-12 by Janet Allen (1999)
"Titles I have include: Brecker's Lateral Logic g Puzzles; Sloan's Test Your lateral thinking, lateral thinking Puzzlers, and g Perplexing lateral thinking ..."

2. A Stake in Tomorrow: World Class Lessons in Business Partnershipsby John Marsh by John Marsh (1998)
"He has developed a whole portfolio of lateral thinking techniques, all of which can be used successfully with stakeholders to challenge their preconceived ..."

3. Issues of Curriculum Reform in Science, Mathematics and Higher Order by Ronald D. Anderson (1994)
"... The Cognitive Studies Project, The Productive Thinking Program, Lateral Thinking, and the CoRT Program. Formal thinking approaches: ADAPT (Accent on the ..."

4. End The Biggest Educational And Intellectual Blunder In History: A $100,000 by Norman W. Edmund (2005)
"It is also termed divergent thinking, lateral thinking, insight, intuition, flash of inspiration, innovation, ideation, guided design, generative thinking, ..."

5. The New Everyday: Views on Ambient Intelligenceby Emile H. L. Aarts, Stefano Marzano by Emile H. L. Aarts, Stefano Marzano (2003)
"Serendipity and lateral thinking are becoming more accepted alongside logic and rational thought as respectable modes of developing insight. ..."

6. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage by Inc. Merriam-Webster (1994)
"... latitude —Benjamin Farrington, Greek Science, 1953 This is particularly so in respect of his concept of lateral thinking —Times Literar,v Supp., 12 Feb. ..."

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