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 1-foot cubes, with bumpers on the corners, have electric motors that suck in air and expel it through directional nozzles with enough force to propel them in microgravity. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Planned trips to moon could usher in space-based commerce," 8 June 2019 This means, however, that we journalists are not being fairly compensated for our work and end up either cutting corners on security or avoiding the most chaotic places that are in most dire need of journalistic coverage and exposure. Annika Hernroth-rothstein, National Review, "I Was Kidnapped in Venezuela," 7 June 2019 Summer break is just around the corner (or perhaps already here for your family), and in Wisconsin that means the start of an aggressive competition to spend as much time as possible outside. Alison Sherwood, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "On-the-go, kid-friendly picnic spots in Milwaukee (and foods) for summer fun and memories," 5 June 2019 At the time, an attorney representing the Arizona Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers accused the crematory of repeatedly cutting corners and putting profit over principle. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Two Arizona funeral directors lose licenses after allegations that crematory stacked containers of bodies," 4 June 2019 Narratives about 90-pound-weaklings or scrappy Little League teams are centered on the idea that the protagonists will eventually turn a corner and start winning, transforming into Captain America or making the state championships. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "The Netflix baking competition “Nailed It” teaches us how to find joy in failure," 3 June 2019 Sunnyvale, with its Indian grocery stores and chaat shops at every street corner, is, after all, the best place in Silicon Valley for a samosa. Anahita Mukherji, Quartz India, "A hate crime against an Indian-American unites Silicon Valley’s Sunnyvale," 31 May 2019 Memorial Day is right around the corner, and some of our favorite retailers are offering major discounts on everything from furniture to bedding. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Don't Miss These Amazing Memorial Day Home Sales," 20 May 2019 As soon as the last model turned the corner, guests scurried out of the airport pandemonium. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "Emma Stone, Ruth Negga, and Jennifer Connelly Pulled an All-Nighter at the Louis Vuitton Cruise After-Party," 9 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Advanced Vehicle Dynamic Control with Active Trace Control adjusted braking and engine torque to help enhance cornering feel by keeping the vehicle on the projected track. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Infiniti tweaks the Q50 sedan for 2018 with revised exterior, interior features | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 20 Jan. 2018 There are about 40 small sat launch companies trying to corner this market, and Vector is at the head of the pack. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Space Launch Legend Who's Backing a Startup," 8 Nov. 2018 Frankly, the American economy that has allowed the very few to corner almost all the benefits of the future for the last 30 or 40 years for itself, that’s more like a crime scene than an engine that’s out of whack. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Elites like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos think they’re being philanthropic. But they could do so much more.," 3 Oct. 2018 And the tires aren't the last word in grip, so cornering is more about conserving momentum and taking the optimum line. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2018 Honda Accord proves there’s still life in the family sedan," 15 June 2018 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

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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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