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Also cor·ner·ways [kawr-ner-weyz] /ˈkɔr nərˌweɪz/.

Origin of cornerwise

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at corner, -wise Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for cornerwise

Historical Examples of cornerwise

  • "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.

British Dictionary definitions for cornerwise


cornerways (ˈkɔːnəˌweɪz)

adverb, adjective
  1. with a corner in front; diagonally
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