- an enclosure or pen for horses, cattle, etc.
- a circular enclosure formed by wagons during an encampment, as by covered wagons crossing the North American plains in the 19th century, for defense against attack.
- to confine in or as if in a corral.
- to seize; capture.
- to collect, gather, or garner: to corral votes.
- to form (wagons) into a corral.
Origin of corral
Examples from the Web for corralling
But the Chinese have shown little interest, of late, in corralling its own hackers—let alone those from another country.Obama Could Hit China to Punish North Korea
Shane Harris, Tim Mak
December 20, 2014
This method of corralling was universal with western freighters.The Awakening of the Desert
Julius C. Birge
After corralling a school of sand minnows, they closed them in.Green Eyes
Roy J. Snell
All around me was a leaden glare, the snow clouds "corralling" me in.The Home of the Blizzard
If we can do it in that time we may stand a chance of corralling them.The Year When Stardust Fell
Raymond F. Jones
The boarding-houses were corralling the easy dollars of the gamesome lawmakers.Roads of Destiny
- mainly US and Canadian an enclosure for confining cattle or horses
- mainly US (formerly) a defensive enclosure formed by a ring of covered wagons
- to drive into and confine in or as in a corral
- informal to capture
Word Origin and History for corralling
1580s, from Spanish corral, from corro "ring," Portuguese curral, of uncertain origin. Perhaps ultimately African, or from Vulgar Latin *currale "enclosure for vehicles," from Latin currus "two-wheeled vehicle," from currere "to run."
1847, from corral (n.); meaning "to lay hold of, collar," is U.S. slang from 1860. Related: Corraled.