Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The position at which two lines, surfaces, or edges meet and form an angle: the four corners of a rectangle.
  • n. The area enclosed or bounded by an angle formed in this manner: sat by myself in the corner; the corner of one's eye.
  • n. The place where two roads or streets join or intersect.
  • n. Sports Any of the four angles of a boxing or wrestling ring where the ropes are joined.
  • n. Baseball Either side of home plate, toward or away from the batter.
  • n. A threatening or embarrassing position from which escape is difficult: got myself into a corner by boasting.
  • n. A remote, secluded, or secret place: the four corners of the earth; a beautiful little corner of Paris.
  • n. A part or piece made to fit on a corner, as in mounting or for protection.
  • n. A speculative monopoly of a stock or commodity created by purchasing all or most of the available supply in order to raise its price.
  • n. Exclusive possession; monopoly: "Neither party . . . has a corner on all the good ideas” ( George B. Merry).
  • transitive v. To furnish with corners.
  • transitive v. To place or drive into a corner: cornered the thieves and captured them.
  • transitive v. To form a corner in (a stock or commodity): cornered the silver market.
  • intransitive v. To come together or be situated on or at a corner.
  • intransitive v. To turn, as at a corner: a truck that corners poorly.
  • adj. Located at a street corner: a corner drugstore.
  • adj. Designed for use in a corner: a corner table.
  • idiom around the corner About to happen; imminent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The point where two converging lines meet; an angle, either external or internal.
  • n. The space in the angle between converging lines or walls which meet in a point.
  • n. The projection into space of an angle in a solid object.
  • n. An intersection of two streets; any of the four outer points off the street at that intersection.
  • n. An edge or extremity; the part farthest from the center; hence, any quarter or part, or the direction in which it lies.
  • n. A secret or secluded place; a remote or out of the way place; a nook.
  • n. A monopoly or controlling interest in a salable commodity, allowing the controlling party to dictate terms of sale.
  • n. One of the four vertices of the strike zone.
  • n. first base or third base.
  • n. A corner kick.
  • v. To drive (someone) into a corner or other confined space.
  • v. To trap in a position of great difficulty or hopeless embarrassment.
  • v. To get command of (a stock, commodity, etc.), so as to be able to put one's own price on it.
  • v. To turn a corner or drive around a curve.
  • v. To handle while moving around a corner in a road or otherwise turning.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The point where two converging lines meet; an angle, either external or internal.
  • n. The space in the angle between converging lines or walls which meet in a point.
  • n. An edge or extremity; the part farthest from the center; hence, any quarter or part.
  • n. A secret or secluded place; a remote or out of the way place; a nook.
  • n. Direction; quarter.
  • n. The state of things produced by a combination of persons, who buy up the whole or the available part of any stock or species of property, which compels those who need such stock or property to buy of them at their own price.
  • n. A free kick from close to the nearest corner flag post, allowed to the opposite side when a player has sent the ball behind his own goal line.
  • transitive v. To drive into a corner.
  • transitive v. To drive into a position of great difficulty or hopeless embarrassment.
  • transitive v. To get command of (a stock, commodity, etc.), so as to be able to put one's own price on it.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The intersection of two converging lines or surfaces; an angle, whether internal or external: as, the corner of a building; the four corners of a square; the corner of two streets.
  • n. The space between two converging lines or surfaces; specifically, the space near their intersection: as, the four corners of a room.
  • n. Hence A narrow space partly inclosed; a small secret or retired place.
  • n. Indefinitely, any part, even the least and most remote or concealed: used emphatically, involving the inclusion of all parts: as, they searched every corner of the forest.
  • n. The end, extremity, or margin.
  • n. In bookbinding: A triangular tool used for decorating the corners of a book. Also corner-piece. The leather or other material used in the corners of a half-bound book, One of the metal guards used to protect the corners of heavily bound books.
  • n. A metallic cap or guard used to protect the corners of furniture, trunks, boxes, etc.
  • n. In surveying, a mark placed at a corner of a surveyed tract.
  • n. A monopolizing of the marketable supply of a stock or commodity, through purchases for immediate or future delivery, generally by a secretly organized combination, for the purpose of raising the price: as, a corner in wheat.
  • To drive or force into a corner, or into a place whence there is no escape.
  • To drive or force into a position of great difficulty; force into a position where failure, defeat, or surrender is inevitable; place in a situation from which escape is impossible: as, to corner a person in an argument.
  • To meet in a corner or angle; form a corner.
  • To be situated on or at a corner; impinge or be connected at an angle: as, the house corners on the main street, or (when standing cornerwise) to the street or road; Sweden corners on Russia at the north.
  • n. Specifically, a projecting angle in the side of an instrument of the viol family. In instruments of the true violin group there are two corners on each side, between which is the concave indentation called the waist. See block, 19.
  • n. In mathematics, a vertex or summit of a polyhedron.
  • n. In field hockey, a free hit against the defending side, made within three feet of the nearest corner flag.
  • In making turpentine, to cut out a triangular shallow chip above each of the two corners of the box, to prepare the tree for chipping and to direct the flow of resin into the box.
  • To form a corner in (a stock or commodity). See to corner the market.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a remote area
  • n. the point where three areas or surfaces meet or intersect
  • n. a temporary monopoly on a kind of commercial trade
  • n. a predicament from which a skillful or graceful escape is impossible
  • n. the point where two lines meet or intersect
  • n. a projecting part where two sides or edges meet
  • n. an interior angle formed by two meeting walls
  • n. the intersection of two streets
  • v. turn a corner
  • n. a small concavity
  • v. force a person or an animal into a position from which he cannot escape
  • v. gain control over
  • n. (architecture) solid exterior angle of a building; especially one formed by a cornerstone
  • n. a place off to the side of an area

Etymologies

Middle 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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)

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  • In square dancing the lady on a man's left is his corner, and conversely the man on a lady's right is her corner. See also allemande

    February 6, 2008

  • Contronymic in the sense: trap vs. circumvent (get around the corner).

    January 27, 2007