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
(2) : cornerback
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

Starting from second on the grid, Hamilton took the lead by the first corner and dominated the race. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Formula 1 Champ Lewis Hamilton Sends His Race Car to Terminally Ill Five-Year-Old Fan Harry Shaw," 14 May 2019 With graduation day around the corner, a new crop of college graduates are looking for the next place to call home. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Graduates, Are You Ready for the Most Important Secret in the Whole Wide World?," 10 May 2019 Father's Day is right around the corner, anyway!) Spa day for one (or two!), coming right up. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines' Newest Target Collection Has the Most Perfect Mother's Day Gifts," 28 Apr. 2019 Around the corner, the loftlike open living space—which encompasses sitting, dining, and kitchen areas—reveals wraparound glass views of sky and ocean, whose cerulean hues inform but by no means limit the vivid furnishings. Vicky Lowry, ELLE Decor, "Delphine Krakoff Crafts a Magical Beachfront Retreat in Miami," 16 Apr. 2019 Ryon Healy drove in the second run of the frame on a hard double to the left-field corner, scoring Bruce, who had drawn a two-out walk. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Whew! Mariners hang on to beat Red Sox despite three ninth-inning errors," 30 Mar. 2019 Photos Courtesy of Haight, Gooseberry/Design by Morgan McMullen Summer is around the corner, which means lying out in the sun at a beach, the park, or on a rooftop (for the city dwellers among us). Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The Best New Swimwear of Summer 2019," 21 Mar. 2019 But the process involves making the electrons go around corners, which spreads the bunch. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Single-beam laser becomes multi-beam laser by kicking electrons," 5 Dec. 2018 Consider the fertility corner of the femtech world. Ciara Phelan, Allure, "What Is Femtech, and Is It the New Pink Tax?," 22 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

To help get the conversation going, Ms. Steinberg told the group how, early in her career at another company, one of the most senior men cornered her in the copy room and groped her breast. Vanessa Fuhrmans, WSJ, "What #MeToo Has to Do With the Workplace Gender Gap," 23 Oct. 2018 Officer Bruce Vieira crossed the ice and crawled on his hands and knees through thick brush to get closer to Freckles, and eventually cornered him. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "A dog named Freckles is apprehended after wild chase by police," 19 Mar. 2018 Besides looks and cornering, tech is the other place where Chevy believes Blazer will stand out from a crowded crossover space. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "2019 Chevy Blazer Test Drive: What Happened When GM Tried To Make the Crossover Cool," 4 Feb. 2019 As a result, SolarCity has gone from cornering 33.5 percent of the US' residential solar panel market share to holding on to just 9.1 percent of the same market, according to Wood Mackenzie's numbers. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Tesla’s SolarCity lost ground to Sunrun in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 The retail business, which has cornered a sizable cut of Britain’s online grocery market, is where Ocado got its start two decades ago. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "British Grocer Heads for Silicon Valley," 27 Feb. 2019 But watching Arnold on his show is like being cornered by a Trump-hating relative at a family barbecue on one of those long, hazy days in August. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Hunt for the Trump Tapes with Tom Arnold, explained," 18 Sep. 2018 Placer County Sheriff's deputies said in a Facebook post that the bear was chased around and cornered by visitors who were trying to take a picture with it. Kayla Fitzgerald, sacbee, "Bear crawls out from under house in King's Beach," 6 July 2018 When Dolores escapes the park in Charlotte Hale’s body, she gets cornered by Stubbs. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Westworld Finale: Let's Break Down Every Bonkers Thing That Happened," 25 June 2018

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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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More Definitions for corner

corner

noun

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) \

Medical Definition of corner

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