What does corn mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. corn, maize, Indian corn, Zea mays(noun)

    tall annual cereal grass bearing kernels on large ears: widely cultivated in America in many varieties; the principal cereal in Mexico and Central and South America since pre-Columbian times

  2. corn(noun)

    the dried grains or kernels or corn used as animal feed or ground for meal

  3. corn, edible corn(noun)

    ears of corn that can be prepared and served for human food

  4. corn, clavus(noun)

    a hard thickening of the skin (especially on the top or sides of the toes) caused by the pressure of ill-fitting shoes

  5. corn(noun)

    (Great Britain) any of various cereal plants (especially the dominant crop of the region--wheat in Great Britain or oats in Scotland and Ireland)

  6. corn whiskey, corn whisky, corn(noun)

    whiskey distilled from a mash of not less than 80 percent corn

  7. corn(verb)

    something sentimental or trite

    "that movie was pure corn"

  8. corn(verb)

    feed (cattle) with corn

  9. corn(verb)

    preserve with salt

    "corned beef"


  1. Corn(n.)

    a tall cereal plant (Zea mays) bearing its seeds as large kernels in multiple rows on the surface of a hard cylindrical ear, the core of which (the cob) is not edible; -- also called Indian corn and, in technical literature, maize. There are several kinds; as, yellow corn, which grows chiefly in the Northern States, and is yellow when ripe; white corn or southern corn, which grows to a great height, and has long white kernels; sweet corn, comprising a number of sweet and tender varieties, grown chiefly at the North, some of which have kernels that wrinkle when ripe and dry; pop corn, any small variety, used for popping. Corn seeds may be cooked while on the ear and eaten directly, or may be stripped from the ear and cooked subsequently. The term Indian corn is often used to refer to a primitive type of corn having kernels of varied color borne on the same cob; it is used for decoration, especially in the fall.

  2. Origin: [AS. corn; akin to OS. korn, D. koren, G., Dan., Sw., & Icel. korn, Goth. karn, L. granum, Russ. zerno. Cf. Grain, Kernel.]

Webster Dictionary

  1. Corn(noun)

    a thickening of the epidermis at some point, esp. on the toes, by friction or pressure. It is usually painful and troublesome

  2. Corn(noun)

    a single seed of certain plants, as wheat, rye, barley, and maize; a grain

  3. Corn(noun)

    the various farinaceous grains of the cereal grasses used for food, as wheat, rye, barley, maize, oats

  4. Corn(noun)

    the plants which produce corn, when growing in the field; the stalks and ears, or the stalks, ears, and seeds, after reaping and before thrashing

  5. Corn(noun)

    a small, hard particle; a grain

  6. Corn(verb)

    to preserve and season with salt in grains; to sprinkle with salt; to cure by salting; now, specifically, to salt slightly in brine or otherwise; as, to corn beef; to corn a tongue

  7. Corn(verb)

    to form into small grains; to granulate; as, to corn gunpowder

  8. Corn(verb)

    to feed with corn or (in Sctland) oats; as, to corn horses

  9. Corn(verb)

    to render intoxicated; as, ale strong enough to corn one

  10. Origin: [L. cornu horn: cf. F. corne horn, hornlike excrescence. See Horn.]


  1. Corn

    Corn is a town in Washita County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 503 at the 2010 census.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Corn

    korn, n. a grain or kernel: seeds that grow in ears, as wheat, rye, &c.: grain of all kinds.—v.t. to form into grains; to sprinkle with salt in grains: to salt.—ns. Corn′-ball (U.S.), a ball of popped corn, sweetened, with white of egg; Corn′-brand′y, spirits made from grain; Corn′-bee′tle, a small beetle, the larva of which is very destructive to grain; Corn′brash, a member of the Lower Oolites (see Oolite); Corn′-cake (U.S.), a cake made of Indian-corn meal; Corn′-chand′ler, a dealer in corn; Corn′-cob, the elongated, woody receptacle constituting the ear of maize; Corn′-cock′le, a tall beautiful weed, with large purple flowers, common in corn-fields; Corn′-crake, one of the true rails, with characteristic cry, frequenting corn-fields.—adj. Corned, granulated; salted.—ns. Corn′-exchange′, a mart where grain is sampled and sold; Corn′-fac′tor, a wholesale dealer in corn; Corn′-field, a field in which corn is growing; Corn′-flag, the popular name of plants of genus Gladiolus; Corn′-flour, the name applied to the finely-ground flour of maize or Indian corn; Corn′-flow′er, a well-known composite weed of corn-fields, having a beautiful deep azure flower; Corn′-fly, Corn′-moth, insects very destructive to corn; Corn′ing-house, a place where corn is granulated; Corn′-land, ground suitable for growing corn; Corn′-law, a law made for the restriction and regulation of the trade in corn: esp. in pl. (in England), laws that restricted the importation of corn by imposing a duty, repealed in 1846; Corn′-loft, a granary; Corn′-mar′igold, a chrysanthemum common in corn-fields; Corn′-mē′ter, an official measurer of corn; Corn′-mill, a mill for grinding corn; Corn′-pars′ley, a European grain-field flower (Petroselinum segetum); Corn′-pipe, a pipe made by slitting the joint of a green stalk of corn; Corn′-popp′y, the common red poppy, a troublesome weed growing in corn-fields; Corn′-rent, a fluctuating rent paid in corn, not money; Corn′-rig (Scot.), a ridge in a corn-field; Corn′-sal′ad, a genus of humble annual weeds, found in corn-fields, of which some are used as spring salads; Corn′stone, a kind of mottled limestone, often concretionary, usually occurring in those systems which are largely composed of reddish sandstones; Corn′-van, a machine for winnowing corn; Corn′-weev′il, a small insect very destructive to stored grain.—adj. Corn′y, like corn, produced from corn: (slang) tipsy.—Corn-cob pipe, a tobacco-pipe with the bowl made of the cob of Indian corn.—Corn in

  2. Corn

    korn, n. a small hard growth chiefly on the toe or foot, resulting from an increase of thickness of the cuticle, caused by excessive pressure or friction on the part.—adj. Cor′neous, horny.—n. Corn′-plas′ter, a remedial plaster applied to a corn.—adj. Corn′y, of or pertaining to corns: horny.—Tread on one's corns, to injure one's feelings. [O. Fr.,—L. cornu, a horn.]

Editors Contribution

  1. corn

    A type of seed and plant cultivated in a variety of species and used for a variety of purposes.

    Corn is used as food for humans and fodder for animals or other livestock.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'corn' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3982

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'corn' in Nouns Frequency: #2677


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of corn in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of corn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Sean Bolton:

    It's like meth corn, I guess you could say.

  2. Alaa Abu Qassem:

    I am very happy, but where is the pop corn?

  3. Agriculture Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman:

    We should invest in sugar, corn and cattle.

  4. Huang Dafang:

    Corn is more important from a production point of view.

  5. Warren White:

    If you add sugar and milk, it'd be just like Corn Flakes.

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