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Dictionary Definition



1 a place off to the side of an area; "he tripled to the rightfield corner"; "he glanced out of the corner of his eye"
2 the point where two lines meet or intersect; "the corners of a rectangle"
3 an interior angle formed be two meeting walls; "a piano was in one corner of the room" [syn: nook]
4 the intersection of two streets; "standing on the corner watching all the girls go by" [syn: street corner, turning point]
5 the point where three areas or surfaces meet or intersect; "the corners of a cube"
6 a small concavity [syn: recess, recession, niche]
7 a temporary monopoly on a kind of commercial trade; "a corner on the silver market"
8 a predicament from which a skillful or graceful escape is impossible; "his lying got him into a tight corner" [syn: box]
9 a projecting part that is corner-shaped; "he knocked off the corners"
10 a remote area; "in many corners of the world they still practice slavery"
11 (architecture) solid exterior angle of a building; especially one formed by a cornerstone [syn: quoin]


1 gain control over; "corner the gold market"
2 force a person or an animal into a position from which he cannot escape
3 turn a corner; "the car corners"

User Contributed Dictionary



corniere, Late Latin cornerium, from cornu. See horn.



  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.
  2. The space in the angle between converging lines or walls which meet in a point.
    The chimney corner was full of cobwebs.
  3. The projection into space of an angle in a solid object.
    Herbert bruised his shin on the corner of the coffee table.
  4. 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.
  5. An edge or extremity; the part farthest from the center; hence, any quarter or part, or the direction in which it lies.
    From the four corners of the earth they come. — Shakespeare
  6. 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.
  7. A monopoly or controlling interest in a salable commodity, allowing the controlling party to dictate terms of sale.
    In the 1970's, private investors tried to obtain a corner on the silver market, but were ultimately unsuccessful.
  8. One of the four vertices of the strike zone.
    The pitch was just off the corner, low and outside.
  9. A corner kick.
  10. A point at which a function has two distinct derivatives.


: see angle
area in the angle between converging lines or walls
  • Catalan: racó
  • Croatian: kut
  • Esperanto: angulo
  • Finnish: nurkka
  • French: coin
  • German: Ecke, Winkel
  • Hebrew: פינה (pina)
  • Hungarian: sarok
  • Italian: angolo
  • Japanese: (すみ sumi)
  • Malayalam: മൂല (moola)
  • Portuguese: quina
  • Russian: угол
  • Slovenian: vogal
  • Spanish: ángulo, rincón (walls)
  • Telugu: మూల (mUla)
projection into space of an angular solid
  • Japanese: (かど kado)
  • Russian: угол
intersection of two streets
  • Catalan: cantonada
  • Croatian: ugao
  • Czech: roh
  • Esperanto: angulo
  • German: Ecke
  • Hebrew: פינה (pina)
  • Hungarian: sarok
  • Italian: angolo
  • Portuguese: esquina
  • Russian: угол
  • Slovenian: vogal
  • Spanish: esquina
  • Telugu: మూల (mUla)
part or region
  • Russian: уголок, конец
secret or secluded place
state of things produced by people who buy up whole of stock
corner kick


  1. To drive (someone) into a corner or other confined space.
    The cat had cornered a cricket between the sofa and the television stand.
  2. 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. To get command of (a stock, commodity, etc.), so as to be able to put one's own price on it.
    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.
  4. In the context of "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.
  5. In the context of "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.


drive into a corner
trap in a position of great difficulty or hopeless embarrassment
get command of a stock or commodity
move around a corner in a road
handle a turn

See also



  1. corner (in Football)

Extensive Definition

A corner is the place where two lines of different dimensions meet at an angle, and a convex corner of intersecting walls is generally thought to be the least beneficial position to be in a life-or-death situation. From this notion was born the verb to corner, which is used to mean "To back (another person or animal) into a corner" and usually also carries a connotation of foul play. In square dance, corner refers to the person you are adjacent to who is not your partner. In standard positioning (boy on the left, girl on the right), this would be for men (or gents) the person standing to one's left, and for ladies the person standing to one's right. In square dance one will often change partners and corners during the course of a dance, in which case one can distinguish between the "original corner" and a "situational corner".
In sports such as football (soccer) or boxing, corner may refer to a person or position (cornerman).
In ice hockey, corners are the curvatures in the rink where the long side boards and shorter end boards meet.
A corner is also used in geography, such as the Four Corners Monument in the United States, marking the corner of state boundary lines.
A corner can also mean a bend in a road or a turn on a race track. Taking a corner better than the other drivers is key in true motor racing, such as Formula One, the World Rally Championship, etc.
In most fighting video games, the edge of the stage is referred to as the "corner," because much like a corner in a wall, it is typically a disadvantageous position, which allows for more combination attacks and makes escaping offensive pressure significantly more difficult.
corner in German: Ecke
corner in French: Corner
corner in Indonesian: Sudut (bangunan)
corner in Dutch: Hoek
Cornerize (Fake Word): To make a corner.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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