Definitions of collateral

  1. Coming from, being on, or directed toward, the side; as, collateral pressure.
  2. Acting in an indirect way.
  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.
  4. Tending toward the same conclusion or result as something else; additional; as, collateral evidence.
  5. Descending from the same stock or ancestor, but not in the same line or branch or one from the other; -- opposed to lineal.
  6. A collateral relative.
  7. Collateral security; that which is pledged or deposited as collateral security.
  8. Security additional to one's obligation.
  9. A collateral relation.
  10. Side by side; parallel; descending by parallel lines; accompanying.
  11. A collateral relation or kinsman; collateral security. Collateral security, security for the performance of covenants or the payment of money, besides the principal security.
  12. Collaterally.
  13. descended from a common ancestor but through different lines; " cousins are collateral relatives"; " an indirect descendant of the Stuarts"
  14. situated or running side by side; " collateral ridges of mountains"
  15. accompaniment to something else; " collateral target damage from a bombing run"
  16. Side by side; parallel; confirming or supporting, as testimony; incidental; subordinate; protected by additional security, as a loan; descended from the same stock, but in a different line.
  17. Side by side: running parallel or together: not direct: descended from the same ancestor, but not directly, as the children of brothers.
  18. Attendant; incidental; confirmatory.
  19. Parallel; bordering; descended from the same ancestor in a different line.
  20. Being by the side, or side by side; running parallel; not direct or immediate; subsidiary; concurrent; descending from the same stock or ancestor, though not lineally related, as the children of brothers.
  21. Side by side, or on the side; running parallel; happening or coming together in connection with an event, as collateral circumstances; in addition to, or over and above; not direct or immediate; descended from a common ancestor or stock- opposed to lineal.
  22. Side by side; bundles, as collateral bundle, with xylem and phloem in contact on one side only; fine lateral branches from the axon of a nerve cell.