- a city in S New York.
- Also called Indian corn; especially technical and British, maize. a tall cereal plant, Zea mays, cultivated in many varieties, having a jointed, solid stem and bearing the grain, seeds, or kernels on large ears.
- the grain, seeds, or kernels of this plant, used for human food or for fodder.
- the ears of this plant.
- the edible seed of certain other cereal plants, especially wheat in England and oats in Scotland.
- the plants themselves.
- sweet corn.
- corn whiskey.
- Skiing. corn snow.
- Informal. old-fashioned, trite, or mawkishly sentimental material, as a joke, a story, or music.
- to preserve and season with salt in grains.
- to preserve and season with brine.
- to granulate, as gunpowder.
- to plant (land) with corn.
- to feed with corn.
Origin of corn1
Examples from the Web for corning
They panned to the CEO of Corning Inc., which made me wonder—are they creating new jobs?Obama Wins Velma Hart Back with SOTU Speech
January 25, 2011
And your wife in a locker somewhere that Captain Corning will pick out for her.Sonnie-Boy's People
James B. Connolly
He could demand, under the corning republic, some high office.Long Live the King
Mary Roberts Rinehart
The round is used for alamode beef, and is the best piece for corning.Mrs. Hale's Receipts for the Million
Sarah Josepha Hale
Dr. Corning has already been represented, in our group of poets.Authors and Writers Associated with Morristown
Julia Keese Colles
Corning and Jack Turner hired a wagon to take them to Briggsville.Peck's Compendium of Fun
George W. Peck
- any of various cereal plants, esp the predominant crop of a region, such as wheat in England and oats in Scotland and Ireland
- the seeds of such plants, esp after harvesting
- a single seed of such plants; a grain
- Also called: Indian corn British equivalent: maize
- the plants producing these kinds of grain considered as a growing cropspring corn
- (in combination)a cornfield
- short for corn whisky
- slang an idea, song, etc, regarded as banal or sentimental
- archaic, or dialect any hard particle or grain
- to feed (animals) with corn, esp oats
- to preserve in brine
- to salt
- to plant corn on
- a hardening or thickening of the skin around a central point in the foot, caused by pressure or friction
- tread on someone's corns British informal to offend or hurt someone by touching on a sensitive subject or encroaching on his privileges
Word Origin and History for corning
"grain," Old English corn, from Proto-Germanic *kurnam "small seed" (cf. Old Frisian and Old Saxon korn "grain," Middle Dutch coren, German Korn, Old Norse korn, Gothic kaurn), from PIE root *gre-no- "grain" (cf. Old Church Slavonic zruno "grain," Latin granum "seed," Lithuanian žirnis "pea"). The sense of the Old English word was "grain with the seed still in" (e.g. barleycorn) rather than a particular plant.
Locally understood to denote the leading crop of a district. Restricted to the indigenous "maize" in America (c.1600, originally Indian corn, but the adjective was dropped), usually wheat in England, oats in Scotland and Ireland, while Korn means "rye" in parts of Germany. Maize was introduced to China by 1550, it thrived where rice did not grow well and was a significant factor in the 18th century population boom there. Cornflakes first recorded 1907. Corned beef so called for the "corns" or grains of salt with which it is preserved; from verb corn "to salt" (1560s).
"hardening of skin," early 15c., from Old French corne (13c.) "horn (of an animal)," later, "corn on the foot," from Latin cornu "horn" (see horn (n.)).
- A small conical callosity caused by pressure over a bony prominence, usually on a toe.clavus heloma