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[kawr-ner-wahyz] /ˈkɔr nərˌwaɪz/
with the corner in front.
so as to form a corner.
from corner to corner; diagonally.
Also, cornerways
[kawr-ner-weyz] /ˈkɔr nərˌweɪz/ (Show IPA)
Origin of cornerwise
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75; See origin at corner, -wise Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "Turn them cornerwise," suggested the professor of Natural Philosophy.

    Farm drainage Henry Flagg French
  • The holes are a little larger than the cornerwise diameter of the nuts.

    Farm Mechanics Herbert A. Shearer
  • She took it with a word of thanks—a little note, folded three cornerwise.


    M. Leonora Eyles
  • Win darted a cornerwise glance at Tobias to see if he were suspiciously watching her.

    Winnie Childs C. N. Williamson
  • On a short board the cornerwise test can be made with a straight-edge; on a long board winding-sticks are needed.

  • "I dunno baout that nuther," declared Abner with a cornerwise nod of the head.

    The Duke of Stockbridge Edward Bellamy
  • You know so well about almost every particular; but—she preferred to have the tidies straight, not cornerwise.

    Mrs. Tree Laura E. Richards
  • You'll have to use diagonal fire unless you want to hurt some of our chaps—sweep 'em cornerwise.

    Told in the East Talbot Mundy
British Dictionary definitions for cornerwise


adverb, adjective
with a corner in front; diagonally
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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