corner

noun
cor·​ner | \ ˈkȯr-nər How to pronounce corner (audio) \

Definition of corner

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : the point where converging lines, edges, or sides meet : angle
b : the place of intersection of two streets or roads
c : a piece designed to form, mark, or protect a corner
2 : the angular part or space between meeting lines, edges, or borders near the vertex of the angle the southwest corner of the state the corners of the tablecloth : such as
a : the area of a playing field or court near the intersection of the sideline and the goal line or baseline
b(1) sports : any of the angles of a ring (see ring entry 1 sense 4b) especially : the area in which a participant in a fighting contest (such as a boxing or wrestling match) rests or is worked on by the participant's seconds during periods between rounds
(2) : a group of supporters, well-wishers, or adherents associated especially with a contestant
c : the side of home plate nearest to or farthest from a batter
e(1) : the outside of a football formation
3a : a private, secret, or remote place a quiet corner of New England sent to every corner of the earth In every corner of [=throughout] her company, you'll find people in nontraditional positions…— Kenyatta Matthews
b : a difficult or embarrassing situation : a position from which escape or retreat is difficult or impossible was backed into a corner
4 : control or ownership of enough of the available supply of a commodity or security especially to permit manipulation of the price
5 : a point at which significant change occurs often used in the phrase turn the corner
around the corner
: at hand : imminent good times are just around the corner

corner

adjective

Definition of corner (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : situated at a corner the corner drugstore
2 : used or fitted for use in or on a corner a corner table

corner

verb
cornered; cornering; corners

Definition of corner (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to drive into a corner the animal is dangerous when cornered
b : to catch and hold the attention of especially to force an interview
2 : to get a corner on corner the market

intransitive verb

1 : to meet or converge at a corner or angle
2 : to turn a corner the car corners well

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Other Words from corner

Noun

cornered \ ˈkȯr-​nərd How to pronounce cornered (audio) \ adjective

Examples of corner in a Sentence

Noun the corner of a box A post marks the corner of the property. Write your name in the upper right-hand corner of the page. He caught the ball in the corner of the end zone. the northeast corner of the state We sat at a table in a corner of the room. The hotel is at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 59th Street. A group of teenagers were hanging around on the corner. He went to the grocery store around the corner from the bank. He said something out of the corner of his mouth to the person standing next to him. Adjective We ate in a corner booth at the restaurant. Verb Police cornered the suspect in a backyard. A cornered animal can be dangerous. He cornered the actress and demanded her autograph. The interviewer cornered the politician with some probing questions.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And the crowd grew quiet when Rose nailed a corner 3-pointer with 1:52 remaining to cut the deficit to 98-97. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons hang tough, but have 20 shots blocked by Lakers in 106-99 loss," 6 Jan. 2020 And as if that weren't enough, the three were joined by Paul Rudd, who was hiding in a corner, probably contemplating his status as a modern day Dorian Grey. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Laura Dern’s Golden Globes Interview Got Crashed By Nicole Kidman, Paul Rudd & Keith Urban," 5 Jan. 2020 The cat was an outdoors cat and had suddenly moved into Brown’s home, which was on a busy corner near a school. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This Wauwatosa woman has made a career out of communicating with animals telepathically," 31 Dec. 2019 Her first field goal came on a corner 3 with 3:04 left in the third to extend the lead to 11. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville women's basketball escapes first ACC play with a win over Syracuse," 29 Dec. 2019 In a back corner of the swank H Bar in Houston, near a huge photo of Brigitte Bardot with a dangling cigarette and a deck of cards, two Russian-speaking men offered a Ukrainian gas executive what seemed like an outrageous business proposal. Michael Biesecker, Twin Cities, "Giuliani pals leveraged GOP access to seek Ukraine gas deal," 23 Dec. 2019 Notre Dame took its first lead with five minutes left on a corner 3 from Dane Goodwin. Tom Noie, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame comeback bid comes up short vs. IU in Crossroads Classic," 21 Dec. 2019 And on a quiet corner of the internet, that is exactly what a few thousand Iranians are doing. The Christian Science Monitor, "the composition of the federal judiciary," 19 Dec. 2019 In a corner is modern China’s first Steinway, obtained by the government of Mao Zedong for Sviatoslav Richter when the Soviet pianist came to perform in 1957. The Economist, "How China made the piano its own," 18 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Think Graves wanted a travel call on Colorado when Ducks had a player tied up and cornered along sideline near half court. -- 6-0 Oregon run. oregonlive, "Rewinding No. 2 Oregon women’s basketball’s 104-46 rout of Colorado Buffaloes," 3 Jan. 2020 The testers also report on more subjective tests such as cornering and low-speed handling, at which all of them also indicated improvement over conventional propellers. Frank Sargeant, al, "New boat propeller promises more speed, efficiency," 25 Dec. 2019 Its zero-to-60 time is near that of a Tesla Model S and its cornering abilities appear to be superior. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Tesla's topsy-turvy 2019," 21 Dec. 2019 Regulators have been poor at anticipating the market-cornering impact of deals in the past, most famously Facebook Inc. Alex Webb | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Amazon’s Deliveroo Takeout Leaves an Unpleasant Taste," 11 Dec. 2019 As impeachment proceedings gain speed, Trump is getting backed into a corner, and Trump gets aggressive when cornered. Ian Allen, The New Republic, "The Far Right’s Apocalyptic Literary Canon," 1 Oct. 2019 Seems like baseball boss Zaidi might be cornering the market on intellectual property. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "MLB's most important moves off the field: 14 hires reshaping the league's brainpower balance," 12 Dec. 2019 Texans corner Bradley Roby, listed as questionable with a hamstring injury, is set to play against his old team Sunday at NRG Stadium. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' Will Fuller out Sunday against Broncos," 8 Dec. 2019 Ironically, our community never intended to corner the market on staying socially alert. Essence, "The OverExplainer: Young, Woke and Tired," 15 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of corner

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1824, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for corner

Noun

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French corner, corniere, from Old French corn "horn, angle, corner" (going back to Latin cornum, cornū "horn") or corne "horn, angle" (going back to Latin cornua, plural—taken as singular—of cornū) + -er, -iere -er entry 2 — more at horn

Adjective

attributive use of corner entry 1

Verb

derivative of corner entry 1

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The first known use of corner was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

11 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Corner.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corner. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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More Definitions for corner

corner

noun
How to pronounce corner (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of corner

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the point or area where two lines, edges, or sides of something meet
: the place where two streets or roads meet
: a curve in a road

corner

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of corner (Entry 2 of 3)

: located at a corner

corner

verb

English Language Learners Definition of corner (Entry 3 of 3)

: to force (a person or animal) into a place or position from which escape is very difficult or impossible
: to force (someone who wants to avoid you or get away from you) to stop and talk with you
: to get control of a particular type of product that is being bought and sold

corner

noun
cor·​ner | \ ˈkȯr-nər How to pronounce corner (audio) \

Kids Definition of corner

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the point or place where edges or sides meet
2 : the place where two streets or passageways meet
3 : a position or situation that is difficult to get out of The suspect talked himself into a corner.
4 : a place away from ordinary life or business a quiet corner of the city

Other Words from corner

cornered \ -​nərd \ adjective

corner

adjective

Kids Definition of corner (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : located at a corner a corner store
2 : used or usable in or on a corner a corner bookcase

corner

verb
cornered; cornering

Kids Definition of corner (Entry 3 of 3)

: to force into a place from which escape is difficult or into a difficult position “They'll never bother you unless they are wounded or cornered …”— Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows

corner

noun
cor·​ner | \ ˈkȯ(r)-nər How to pronounce corner (audio) \

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