• (GA) IPA: /ˈkɔɹnɚ/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈkɔːnə(ɹ)/

corner (plural corners)

  1. The point where two converging lines meet; an angle, either external or internal.
    The corners of the wire mesh were reinforced with little blobs of solder.
    1. The space in the angle between converging lines or walls which meet in a point.
      The chimney corner was full of cobwebs.
      • 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter 1, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., […], OCLC 752825175 ↗:
        They burned the old gun that used to stand in the dark corner up in the garret, close to the stuffed fox that always grinned so fiercely. Perhaps the reason why he seemed in such a ghastly rage was that he did not come by his death fairly. Otherwise his pelt would not have been so perfect. And why else was he put away up there out of sight?—and so magnificent a brush as he had too.
    2. The projection into space of an angle in a solid object.
      Herbert bruised his shin on the corner of the coffee table.
    3. An intersection of two streets; any of the four outer points off the street at that intersection.
      The liquor store on the corner also sold lottery tickets.
    4. (attributive) Denoting a premises that is in a convenient local location, notionally, but not necessarily literally, on the corner of two streets.
      corner store, corner deli, corner newsagent
  2. An edge or extremity; the part farthest from the center; hence, any quarter or part, or the direction in which it lies.
    Shining a light in the dark corners of the mind.  I took a trip out to his corner of town.
    • circa 1596-1598 William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act 2, Scene 7:
      Why, that’s the lady: all the world desires her; / From the four corners of the earth they come, / To kiss this shrine, this mortal-breathing saint:
  3. A secret or secluded place; a remote or out of the way place; a nook.
    On weekends, Emily liked to find a quiet corner and curl up with a good book.
  4. An embarrassing situation; a difficulty.
  5. (business, finance) A sufficient interest in a salable security or commodity to allow the cornering party to influence prices.
    In the 1970s, private investors tried to get a corner on the silver market, but were ultimately unsuccessful.
  6. (heading) Relating to the playing field.
    1. (baseball) One of the four vertices of the strike zone.
      The pitch was just off the corner, low and outside.
    2. (baseball) First base or third base.
      There are runners on the corners with just one out.
    3. (football) A corner kick.
    4. (American football) A cornerback.
    5. (boxing) The corner of the ring, which is where the boxer rests before and during a fight.
    6. (boxing, by extension) The group of people who assist a boxer during a bout.
  7. A place where people meet for a particular purpose.
    Welcome to our English corner.
  8. (obsolete) A point scored in a rubber at whist.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • German: Ecke
  • Italian: sporgenza, angolo sporgente, pietra d'angolo
  • Portuguese: quina
  • Russian: у́гол
Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: canto
  • Russian: уголо́к
Translations Verb

corner (corners, present participle cornering; past and past participle cornered)

  1. (transitive) To drive (someone or something) into a corner or other confined space.
    The cat had cornered a cricket between the sofa and the television stand.
    • 2013 June 18, Simon Romero, "Protests Widen as Brazilians Chide Leaders ↗," New York Times (retrieved 21 June 2013):
      In Juazeiro do Norte, demonstrators cornered the mayor inside a bank for hours and called for his impeachment, while thousands of others protested teachers’ salaries.
  2. (transitive) To trap in a position of great difficulty or hopeless embarrassment.
    The reporter cornered the politician by pointing out the hypocrisy of his position on mandatory sentencing, in light of the politician's own actions in court.
  3. (transitive) To put (someone) in an awkward situation.
  4. (finance, business, transitive) To get sufficient command of (a stock, commodity, etc.), so as to be able to manipulate its price.
    The buyers attempted to corner the shares of the railroad stock, so as to facilitate their buyout.
    It's extremely hard to corner the petroleum market because there are so many players.
  5. (automotive, transitive) To turn a corner or drive around a curve.
    As the stock car driver cornered the last turn, he lost control and spun out.
  6. (automotive, intransitive) To handle while moving around a corner in a road or otherwise turning.
    That BMW corners well, but the suspension is too stiff.
  7. (transitive) To supply with corners.
    • 1937, Mechanical World and Engineering Record (volume 102, page 208)
      Tool for cornering and cutting off copper switch blades
Translations Translations Translations
  • French: (please verify) négocier un prix de gros, cornériser
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Proper noun
  1. Surname

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