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English Dictionary: collateral by the DICT Development Group
3 results for collateral
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. descended from a common ancestor but through different lines; "cousins are collateral relatives"; "an indirect descendant of the Stuarts"
    Synonym(s): collateral, indirect
    Antonym(s): direct, lineal
  2. serving to support or corroborate; "collateral evidence"
    Synonym(s): collateral, confirmative, confirming, confirmatory, corroborative, corroboratory, substantiating, substantiative, validating, validatory, verificatory, verifying
  3. accompany, concomitant; "collateral target damage from a bombing run"
  4. situated or running side by side; "collateral ridges of mountains"
  1. a security pledged for the repayment of a loan
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Collateral \Col*lat"er*al\, n.
      1. A collateral relative. --Ayliffe.
      2. Collateral security; that which is pledged or deposited as
            collateral security.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Collateral \Col*lat"er*al\, a. [LL. collateralis; col- +
      lateralis lateral. See {Lateral}.]
      1. Coming from, being on, or directed toward, the side; as,
            collateral pressure. [bd]Collateral light.[b8] --Shak.
      2. Acting in an indirect way.
                     If by direct or by collateral hand They find us
                     touched, we will our kingdom give . . . To you in
                     satisfaction.                                    --Shak.
      3. Related to, but not strictly a part of, the main thing or
            matter under consideration; hence, subordinate; not chief
            or principal; as, collateral interest; collateral issues.
                     That he [Attebury] was altogether in the wrong on
                     the main question, and on all the collateral
                     questions springing out of it, . . . is true.
      4. Tending toward the same conclusion or result as something
            else; additional; as, collateral evidence.
                     Yet the attempt may give Collateral interest to this
                     homely tale.                                       --Wordsworth.
      5. (Genealogy) Descending from the same stock or ancestor,
            but not in the same line or branch or one from the other;
            -- opposed to lineal.
      Note: Lineal descendants proceed one from another in a direct
               line; collateral relations spring from a common
               ancestor, but from different branches of that common
               stirps or stock. Thus the children of brothers are
               collateral relations, having different fathers, but a
               common grandfather. --Blackstone.
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