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
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 \ 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 company in recent months was seeming to rebound from the turbulent year, turning a corner with a rare profit in the September quarter. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "Tesla Shares Sink on Model 3 Delivery Miss, Price Cut," 2 Jan. 2019 Self-driving technology seemed to be right around the corner. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "The hype around driverless cars came crashing down in 2018," 30 Dec. 2018 But a year in which the company promised to turn a corner saw Facebook repeatedly tripping over its shoelaces. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Facebook," 26 Dec. 2018 The final performances are lingering just around the corner on Monday, December 17, and the remaining four contestants, Kirk Jay, Chris Kroeze, Chevel Shepherd, and Kennedy Holmes, are gearing up for the big night. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'The Voice' Finalist Kirk Jay Had to Overcome a Difficult Childhood to Get Where He Is Now," 17 Dec. 2018 Hollywood movie roles for women may have turned a corner. Lacy Schley, Discover Magazine, "Screen Time of the Sexes," 24 Nov. 2018 Recent reports suggest the F-35 Lightning II may have finally turned a corner, overcoming the technical problems that have plagued its development and nearing readiness to serve in the field. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "WTF-35: How the Joint Strike Fighter Got to Be Such a Mess," 27 July 2018 With each day this journey gets more serious, and this week especially took on a whole new meaning because hometowns were right around the corner. Becca Kufrin, PEOPLE.com, "Bachelorette Becca Kufrin Explains Her Reaction to Colton Being a Virgin: ' I Needed a Moment'," 11 July 2018 Things are getting really real on The Bachelorette because hometown dates are just around the corner. Melissa Locker, Time, "The Bachelorette Recap: Becca Hopes That Love Will Find Her in the Bahamas," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Refuse to be cornered by an unexpected development. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 13 June 2018 Hergenrader was cornered by officers then, gave up and was arrested, Shaw said. Everton Bailey Jr., OregonLive.com, "Man runs out of Beaverton court to avoid jail, ends up getting more jail time," 30 May 2018 Waterhouse has nearly cornered the market on every shade of blush and embraces ultra-femininty—worn here with white tights and a waist cinching belt, while Delevingne wears a 70s take on suiting worn with a plunging black blouse. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ultra-Femme Vs. Androgyny: A Face Off," 14 Mar. 2014 In Immelt’s vision, this was a chance to corner the market on lighting the unlit corners of the Earth. Thomas Gryta And Ted Mann, WSJ, "GE Powered the American Century—Then It Burned Out," 14 Dec. 2018 More impressive is the cornering potential—up to 1.9 lateral Gs in a fast-enough sweeping corner even on (barely) treaded tires. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "How a day driving high-downforce cars at VIR taught me I’m OK being slow," 11 Sep. 2018 The other accuser told investigators that Weinstein cornered her in a hotel room and raped her in 2013. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Harvey Weinstein in New York court for new sex-crime charges," 9 July 2018 The cornering lamps enhance visibility at low and high speeds, as well as when changing lanes or when reversing, and increase the foreground pattern width of the low beams by 60 percent. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Toyota’s all-new 2019 Avalon hits dealerships in May," 28 Apr. 2018 Louis Vuitton has long had that market cornered—but Rubio and Korey are certainly on to something. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Everyone Wants an Away Suitcase," 26 Nov. 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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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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