corner

noun
cor·​ner | \ˈkȯr-nər \

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) : either of the four angles of a boxing ring especially : the area in which a boxer rests or is worked on by his 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

d : corner kick

e(1) : the outside of a football formation

(2) : cornerback

3a : a private, secret, or remote place a quiet corner of New England to every corner of the earth

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 \ 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

There's no way to draw a line west from the corner of the lake to the river! Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Tiny Minnesota Town Is Completely Surrounded by Canada," 5 Nov. 2018 The back button is replaced with swipes up from the left and right bottom corners of the screen. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "OnePlus 6T review: revised formula, same results," 29 Oct. 2018 His makeup artist created flicks of shadow from the outer corners of Shownu's top and bottom lids to create a fun fishtail shape. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Monsta X's 9 Most Daring Eye Makeup Looks From the "Shoot Out" Music Video," 22 Oct. 2018 The gun lobby should be worried because people from all corners of the country are finding the courage to stand up to them. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gabrielle Giffords and Edna Chavez Refuse to Be Silenced on Gun Control," 8 Oct. 2018 On the smaller pieces, measure and lightly mark ½ inch in from the upper corners. Jeremy Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "How To Make a Leather Wallet," 20 Aug. 2018 Ideas came from every corner: a network of corrugated pipes the boys could crawl through; floating them out in body bags. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018 In the 50th minute, Ohai shot from the left corner of the box. Parth Upadhyaya, Houston Chronicle, "Rachel Daly's brace carries Dash over Pride," 12 July 2018 Lei began introducing new products wearing Jobs’ signature black tee and stonewashed jeans, inviting mockery from some corners of the tech world. Charlie Cambell/beijing, Time, "Lei Jun Wants to Be China’s Answer to Steve Jobs. But Trump’s Trade War Is Getting In His Way," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

FleishmanHillard has cornered the market on crisis management counseling for companies that invoke the president’s wrath on Twitter. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Why do brands care if you vote?," 24 Sep. 2018 Kane was cornered; didn’t need to bring him down, and Colombia definitely didn’t need to give them what is a clear shooting opportunity out top. Andrew Das, New York Times, "England Shakes Its Shootout Curse and Saves Its World Cup," 5 July 2018 Officers cornered Duran in the back yard of a neighboring home and ordered him to drop the knife, Eugene Police Chief Chris Skinner told KVAL. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "Out of prison just 8 days, Oregon man stabs homeowner to death, police say," 3 July 2018 Cortez was cornered on the porch of another home on Highland Street after a short pursuit, police said. Alyssa Meyers, BostonGlobe.com, "Dorchester man arrested in Chelsea on 13 charges after chase," 30 May 2018 The escalating problems with China demonstrate how one of Trump’s most favored tactics in business — trying to create leverage by cornering an opponent — has not been particularly effective in the White House. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Voters already fear economic pain from Trump's trade war," 9 July 2018 This is cornering the government into a position that promises true Brexit to the believers—but not anytime soon. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "Fed Up With Brexit? Sorry, It Could Go On for Years.," 16 June 2018 After cornering the cougar up a nearby tree, agents from the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife euthanized the animal. National Geographic, "Cougar That Killed Cyclist Was Underweight, Likely Desperate," 21 May 2018 But the aero bits have to be huge because the I.D. R has to chase cornering speeds at altitudes where there's 35 percent less air to work with than at sea level. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "7:57:148—Volkswagen makes racing history with record-breaking electric race car," 29 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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of corner 

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