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 Learning to control the vehicle at high speed and power-sliding around wet corners is the basic stuff. Wired, "To Train Foreign Service Agents, You Must Build a Fake Town," 26 Nov. 2019 After consecutive 100-loss seasons, there’s a clear directive Miami needs to show improvement and begin turning the corner next season on the major league level. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, "Jeter: Marlins face ‘challenging year’ in improving through free agency, while not blocking prospects," 25 Nov. 2019 The Blazers were looking to turn a corner against a weak Cleveland team, who was coming off a 42-point loss to the Dallas Mavericks, playing its second game in a back-to-back and missing star Kevin Love. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers lose fourth straight, fall 110-104 to Cleveland Cavaliers: Game rewind," 24 Nov. 2019 That corner was the location of a gasoline filling station in the Los Angeles Heights neighborhood. Paula Allen, ExpressNews.com, "Missouri-born pilot thrilled many San Antonians with their first plane ride in the 1930s," 23 Nov. 2019 In the 57th minute, Vivi received a ball on the right side and made a run toward the box, but his shot was saved by Creek and set up a UCF corner. Mike Gramajo, orlandosentinel.com, "UCF earns historic NCAA Tournament win over Missouri State after Cal Jennings golden goal," 23 Nov. 2019 But perhaps the bloodiest corner of these regal hunting grounds was the Tyburn gallows. B.r., The Economist, "The violent history of London’s Royal Parks," 22 Nov. 2019 In high school his family opened a movie rental shop, later expanding into a robust corner store with an array of products and its own kitchen. Eric Ginsburg, Bon Appétit, "The Undocumented Chef Behind Kansas City’s Most Inclusive Restaurant," 21 Nov. 2019 The girl’s muffled screams faded to silence as the car turned the corner. NBC News, "She called 911 after her baby fell. Weeks later, CPS took her children.," 7 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In a second video, three men corner the creature as one picks it up and drops it in some nearby grass. Lois K. Solomon, sun-sentinel.com, "Drivers stop I-95 traffic to save an iguana’s life | Video," 26 Nov. 2019 Arguably, both are equally responsible for the fallout, no one can be cornered singularly. Nikunj Laddha, Quartz India, "The Maharashtra political chaos is equal parts Game of Thrones and Game Theory," 25 Nov. 2019 Whoever builds that—the base layer for open-source art and video games—could really corner the market. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "What use are crypto collectibles?," 21 Nov. 2019 Early in his career Mr Simons unintentionally almost cornered the market for Maine potatoes, only realising when regulators reprimanded him. The Economist, "A life’s rich tapestry How Jim Simons became the most successful investor of all time," 14 Nov. 2019 Police cornered Dempsey shortly after the incident, detaining him in an alcove in front of the police substation on the pier, just steps from where the attack unfolded. The Washington Post, al, "Man in MAGA hat sprays bear repellent on Trump protesters, police say," 21 Oct. 2019 But oligopolies, a cousin of monopolies in which a few powerful players corner the market, are emerging everywhere. Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, "Economists identify an unseen force holding back affordable housing," 17 Oct. 2019 The edible souvenirs for your office Japan may have cornered the dessert souvenir market with its unexpected Kit Kat flavors like baked potato, cheesecake, and salt, but Korea has unusual almond snacks on lock. Brandon Presser, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Six-Stop Shopping Guide to Seoul," 9 Sep. 2019 In order to create additional family space, even with an open floor plan, Caan cornered off a little section of the kitchen for a calming dining nook facing the water. Nikhita Mahtani, House Beautiful, "How to Budget for a Second Home—Without Sacrificing Style," 29 Aug. 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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Time Traveler for corner

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

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29 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Corner.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cornering. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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