The term multidirectional refers to something that is capable of progressing in multiple directions at once. In research this could mean researchers that are exploring multiple solutions to a problem rather than pursuing a single line of experimentation. A visual representation of could be seen in the game of pool. The first player uses the cue ball to "break" the triangular formation of the other balls. Breaking send the balls in multiple directions and causes the players to the target each ball separately to put it into one of the pockets.