1. Situated or running side by side; parallel.
2. Coinciding in tendency or effect; concomitant or accompanying.
3. Serving to support or corroborate: collateral evidence.
4. Of a secondary nature; subordinate: collateral target damage from a bombing run.
5. Of, relating to, or guaranteed by a security pledged against the performance of an obligation: a collateral loan.
6. Having an ancestor in common but descended from a different line.
1. Property acceptable as security for a loan or other obligation.
2. A collateral relative.
[Middle English, from Medieval Latin collaterlis : Latin com-, com- + Latin latus, later-, side.]

(definition from The Free Dictionary)


  • DougWilkening2
    DougWilkening2over 4 years ago

    Very nice collection you have here.

  • Thank you so much!! :D

    – Melissa D. Johnston

  • Ascender Photography
    Ascender Photo...over 4 years ago

    This is an intelligently passionate, highly controlled piece… like your other work, Melissa. Unique. Intellectually intriguing. It tweaks the imagination. I look forward to more.


  • Thank you! I really enjoyed doing this one. I was learning some new skills and played a bit (I’m still new to GIMP).

    – Melissa D. Johnston

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