The corner of an empty room.
- The definition of corner is at an area where two lines or surfaces meet.
An example of corner used as an adjective is in the phrase "corner store," which means a store where two streets meet each other.
- A corner is defined as a place where lines or sides join together to form an angle, or a remote or secluded place.
- An example of a corner is where two walls in a room come together.
- An example of a corner is searching an uncharted area of the earth; searching every corner of the city.
- Corner means to force into an awkward or tight spot, to get the most of something, or to make turns in a vehicle.
- An example of corner is to back an opponent up against the intersection of two walls; to corner the opponent.
- An example of corner is to buy all the available units of a certain product at a grocery store; to corner the market on the item.
- An example of corner is to turn the steering wheel to the left or right to test the turning capability of a car; to test how the car corners.
- the point or place where lines or surfaces join and form an angle
- the area or space within the angle formed at the joining of lines or surfaces: the corner of a room
- the area at the tip of any of the angles formed at a street intersection
- something used to form, mark, protect, or decorate a corner
- a remote, secret, or secluded place: look in every nook and corner
- region; quarter; part: every corner of America
- an awkward position from which escape is difficult: driven into a corner
- a monopoly acquired on a stock or a commodity so as to be able to control the price
- Boxing any of the four areas in the ring where the ropes meet to form 90° angles, esp., either of two such areas at opposite ends of the ring, used by the boxers between rounds for rest and medical attention
- Football cornerback
Origin of cornerMiddle English from Old French corniere from Medieval Latin cornerium from Classical Latin cornu, projecting point, horn
- to drive or force into a corner or awkward position, so that escape is difficult
- to get a monopoly on (a stock or commodity)
- to meet at or abut (on) a corner: said of land, buildings, etc.
- to turn corners: said of a vehicle: a car that corners easily
- at or on a corner: a corner store
- used in a corner: a corner table
around the corner
- to take a direct route by going across corners
- to cut down expenses, time, labor, etc.
in someone's corner
Origin of cornerin ref. to corner (noun), the place where a boxer's seconds wait just outside the ring
out of the corner of one's eye
the (four) corners of the earth
turn the corner
- a. The position at which two lines, surfaces, or edges meet and form an angle: the four corners of a rectangle.b. The area enclosed or bounded by an angle formed in this manner: sat by myself in the corner; the corner of one's eye.
- The place where two roads or streets join or intersect.
- a. Sports Any of the four angles of a boxing or wrestling ring where the ropes are joined.b. Baseball Either side of home plate, toward or away from the batter.c. A corner kick in soccer.d. Football A cornerback.
- A threatening or embarrassing position from which escape is difficult: got myself into a corner by boasting.
- A remote, secluded, or secret place: the four corners of the earth; a beautiful little corner of Paris.
- A part or piece made to fit on a corner, as in mounting or for protection.
- a. A speculative monopoly of a stock or commodity created by purchasing all or most of the available supply in order to raise its price.b. Exclusive possession; monopoly: “Neither party … has a corner on all the good ideas” ( George B. Merry )
verbcor·nered, cor·ner·ing, cor·ners
- To place or drive into a corner: cornered the thieves and captured them.
- To form a corner in (a stock or commodity): cornered the silver market.
- To furnish with corners.
- To turn, as at a corner: a truck that corners poorly.
- To come together or be situated on or at a corner.
- Located at a street corner: a corner drugstore.
- Designed for use in a corner: a corner table.
Origin of cornerMiddle English from Anglo-Norman from Old French corne corner, horn from Vulgar Latin corna from Latin cornua pl. of cornū horn, point ; see ker-1 in Indo-European roots.
- The point where two converging lines meet; an angle, either external or internal.
- The corners of the wire mesh were reinforced with little blobs of solder.
- The space in the angle between converging lines or walls which meet in a point.
- The chimney corner was full of cobwebs.
- The projection into space of an angle in a solid object.
- Herbert bruised his shin on the corner of the coffee table.
- An intersection of two streets; any of the four outer points off the street at that intersection.
- The liquor store on the corner also sold lottery tickets.
- An edge or extremity; the part farthest from the center; hence, any quarter or part, or the direction in which it lies.
- Shining a light in the dark corners of the mind
- I took a trip out to his corner of town.
- A secret or secluded place; a remote or out of the way place; a nook.
- On weekends, Emily liked to find a quiet corner and curl up with a good book.
- (business, finance) A monopoly or controlling interest in a salable commodity, allowing the controlling party to dictate terms of sale.
- In the 1970s, private investors tried to get a corner on the silver market, but were ultimately unsuccessful.
- (baseball) One of the four vertices of the strike zone.
- The pitch was just off the corner, low and outside.
- (baseball) First base or third base.
- There are runners on the corners with just one out.
- (soccer) A corner kick.
(third-person singular simple present corners, present participle cornering, simple past and past participle cornered)
- To drive (someone) into a corner or other confined space.
- The cat had cornered a cricket between the sofa and the television stand.
- To trap in a position of great difficulty or hopeless embarrassment.
- The reporter cornered the politician by pointing out the hypocrisy of his position on mandatory sentencing, in light of the politician's own actions in court.
- To get command of (a stock, commodity, etc.), so as to be able to put one's own price on it.
- The buyers attempted to corner the shares of the railroad stock, so as to facilitate their buyout.
- It's extremely hard to corner the petroleum market because there are so many players.
- (automotive) To turn a corner or drive around a curve.
- As the stock car driver cornered the last turn, he lost control and spun out.
- (automotive, intransitive) To handle while moving around a corner in a road or otherwise turning.
- That BMW corners well, but the suspension is too stiff.
From Middle English corner, from Anglo-Norman cornere (compare Old French cornier, corniere (“corner”)), from Old French corne (“corner, angle”, literally “a horn, projecting point”), from Vulgar Latin *corna (“horn”), from Latin cornua, plural of cornū (“projecting point, end, horn”). More at hirn.