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

The outside corners of the doors should just about touch, with only a thin, even gap between them. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, "Repairing a kitchen cabinet hinge can be a complex operation," 9 July 2019 Ruth said his officers are aware of the cut-through traffic by drivers ignoring signs prohibiting turns onto Glade during both morning and evening rush hour periods, and patrol the area regularly but can’t always be near that corner. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, "Elmhurst committee recommends replacing yield signs with stop signs on Oneida Avenue," 9 July 2019 The string of shootings began late July 3, when someone was shot at a street corner in Roslindale. BostonGlobe.com, "Police blotter," 9 July 2019 Ronald Acuna lined a shot down the third base line that seemed to be destined for the left-field corner, but Chapman made a phenomenal diving catch and scrambled to his feet in time to double up J.T. Realmuto at second base. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Simulated All-Star Game: Matt Chapman propels American League to walk-off win," 9 July 2019 Low and Steady Wins the Race This one might seem obvious, but items that can topple or pieces with sharp corners are a big no-no with a munchkin running around. Ariel Okin, Vogue, "How to Babyproof Your Home Without Sacrificing Style," 9 July 2019 This corner gets jammed up by people trying to turn left onto Lawrence from Poinciana. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "When the DMV requires proof of eye tests: Roadshow," 8 July 2019 Hidden in one of the darkest corners of the Orion constellation, this Cosmic Bat is spreading its hazy wings through interstellar space two thousand light-years away. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Hubble spies a spiral galaxy blooming like roses 70 million light-years away," 8 July 2019 Hill gave the Pride the lead in the 26th minute after striking the ball toward the upper-right corner post. Mike Gramajo, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride hold on for 4-3 win over Washington Spirit," 7 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Could be the payroll, or their fans, who went from thinking they’d cornered the market on suffering to being overbearing winners. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: Yasiel Puig's 'stupid things' rewarding the Reds this season," 3 July 2019 No, the guy who has cornered the market on exquisite misery is Jaques, the aggressively melancholy nobleman who lords over his own private Kingdom of Emo. James Hebert, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘As You Like It’ zips along with elegance and wit in Old Globe’s Shakespeare Festival opener," 23 June 2019 Ford is looking to corner the muscle car market with the new Mustang Shelby GT500. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Ford Calls Mustang Shelby GT500 Its 'Most Powerful Street-Legal' Vehicle Ever," 19 June 2019 Japan will help its own companies sell trash conversion plants—and comprehensive waste management plans—in the hopes of cornering the market before China. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Japan wants to become Southeast Asia’s trash manager," 23 June 2019 An armed fugitive from Mississippi was cornered by a U.S. Marshals’ regional task force, police said, and the marshals fatally shot 20-year-old Brandon Webber. Washington Post, "Federal task forces ban body cameras, so Atlanta police pull out. Others may follow.," 14 June 2019 According to the sheriff’s office, a distraught Loza cornered his girlfriend and her friend at knifepoint just before 8 p.m. Feb. 10, 2003. Michael Todd, The Mercury News, "16 years later, suspected Soquel killer returned to Santa Cruz," 8 June 2019 Then in 1972, McCarrick allegedly cornered him in a bathroom and again tried to touch him. Emily Stewart, Vox, "High-ranking US cardinal resigns from Catholic Church amid sexual abuse allegations," 28 July 2018 Daniel Fierro, a former legislative staffer, said in February that Garcia cornered him after the game in 2014, squeezed his butt and attempted to grab his crotch. Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "Cristina Garcia accuser appeals investigation that cleared her of groping allegation," 30 May 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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