the place at which two converging lines or surfaces meet.
the space between two converging lines or surfaces near their intersection; angle: a chair in the corner of the room.
a projecting angle, especially of a rectangular figure or object: He bumped into the corner of the table.
the point where two streets meet: the corner of Market and Main Streets.
any narrow, secluded, or secret place.
an awkward or embarrassing position, especially one from which escape is impossible.
Finance. a monopolizing or a monopoly of the available supply of a stock or commodity to a point permitting control of price (applied only when monopoly price is exacted).
the point of intersection of the section lines of a land survey, often marked by a monument or some object, as a pipe that is set or driven into the ground.: Compare section (def. 5).
a stake, tree, or rock marking the intersection of property lines.
a piece to protect the corner of anything.
Usually the corners .Baseball. first base or third base: Votto is out on strikes for the third out, and the Reds leave runners on the corners.
any point on the line forming the left or right boundary of home plate: a pitch on the corner.
the area formed by the intersection of the foul line and the outfield fence.
the immediate area formed by any of the four angles in the ring.
one of the two assigned corners where a boxer rests between rounds and behind which the handlers sit during a fight.
Soccer. corner kick.
situated on or at a corner where two streets meet: a corner drugstore.
made to fit or be used in a corner: a corner cabinet.
to furnish with corners.
to place in or drive into a corner.
to force into an awkward or difficult position or one from which escape is impossible: He finally cornered the thief.
to gain control of (a stock, commodity, etc.).
to meet in or be situated on or at a corner.
to form a corner in a stock or commodity.
(of an automobile) to turn, especially at a speed relatively high for the angle of the turn involved.
Idioms about corner
to use a shorter route.
to reduce costs or care in execution: cutting corners to meet the foreign competition.
rough corners, rude, boorish, or unsophisticated characteristics, manners, or the like: Despite his rough corners, he was very likable.
the four corners of the earth, the most distant or remote regions: They traveled to the four corners of the earth.
turn the corner, to pass through a crisis safely: When the fever passed, we knew he had turned the corner.
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How to use corner in a sentence
But the Islamic State has clearly come to the opposite conclusion, cornering the market on savagery.
Obama will need a strategy to overcome this hawkish cornering campaign.
The laws of physics mean a vehicle's cornering power is the job of the tires and suspension.Note to Drivers: All Wheel Drive Does Not Give You Superpowers, Just a Dangerous Overconfidence | Megan McArdle | March 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
If this were chess, this would be like cornering their queen, rendering her unable to play offense.
So soon as it was released from control, it ran naturally into speculation, cornering, and luxury production.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind | Herbert George Wells
Mr. Keynes ignores the fortunes made by deliberately cornering and withholding commodities in a time of shortage.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind | Herbert George Wells
Lifting and carrying and shoving; cornering and taping and lacing—it seemed as though the afternoon would never wear to an end.The Long Day | Dorothy Richardson
When I had finished, Phœbe stopped her cornering and Mrs. Smith looked up from her label-pasting.The Long Day | Dorothy Richardson
So Tess snapped off a peach-tree switch and, finally cornering the pony, proceeded to use it.Missy | Dana Gatlin
British Dictionary definitions for corner (1 of 2)
the place, position, or angle formed by the meeting of two converging lines or surfaces
a projecting angle of a solid object or figure
the place where two streets meet
any small, secluded, secret, or private place
a dangerous or awkward position, esp from which escape is difficult: a tight corner
any part, region or place, esp a remote place
something used to protect or mark a corner, as of the hard cover of a book
commerce a monopoly over the supply of a commodity so that its market price can be controlled
soccer hockey a free kick or shot from the corner of the field, taken against a defending team when the ball goes out of play over their goal line after last touching one of their players
either of two opposite angles of a boxing ring in which the opponents take their rests
mountaineering a junction between two rock faces forming an angle of between 60° and 120°: US name: dihedral
cut corners to do something in the easiest and shortest way, esp at the expense of high standards
round the corner or just round the corner close at hand
turn the corner to pass the critical point (in an illness, etc)
(modifier) located on a corner: a corner shop
(modifier) suitable or designed for a corner: a corner table
logic either of a pair of symbols used in the same way as ordinary quotation marks to indicate quasi quotation: See quasi-quotation
(tr) to manoeuvre (a person or animal) into a position from which escape is difficult or impossible: finally they cornered the fox
(tr) to furnish or provide with corners
(tr) to place in or move into a corner
to acquire enough of (a commodity) to attain control of the market
Also: engross to attain control of (a market) in such a manner: Compare forestall (def. 3)
(intr) (of vehicles, etc) to turn a corner
(intr) US to be situated on a corner
(intr) (in soccer, etc) to take a corner
British Dictionary definitions for Corner (2 of 2)
the Corner informal an area in central Australia, at the junction of the borders of Queensland and South Australia
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with corner
In addition to the idiom beginning with corner
- corner the market
- around the corner
- cut corners
- four corners of the earth
- in a tight corner
- out of the corner of one's eye
- paint oneself into a corner
- turn the corner
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.