What does corner mean?

Definitions for corner
ˈkɔr nərcor·ner

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word corner.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cornernoun

    a place off to the side of an area

    "he tripled to the rightfield corner"; "the southeastern corner of the Mediterranean"

  2. cornernoun

    the point where two lines meet or intersect

    "the corners of a rectangle"

  3. corner, nooknoun

    an interior angle formed by two meeting walls

    "a piano was in one corner of the room"

  4. corner, street corner, turning pointnoun

    the intersection of two streets

    "standing on the corner watching all the girls go by"

  5. cornernoun

    the point where three areas or surfaces meet or intersect

    "the corners of a cube"

  6. recess, recession, niche, cornernoun

    a small concavity

  7. cornernoun

    a temporary monopoly on a kind of commercial trade

    "a corner on the silver market"

  8. corner, boxnoun

    a predicament from which a skillful or graceful escape is impossible

    "his lying got him into a tight corner"

  9. cornernoun

    a projecting part where two sides or edges meet

    "he knocked off the corners"

  10. cornernoun

    a remote area

    "in many corners of the world they still practice slavery"

  11. corner, quoinverb

    (architecture) solid exterior angle of a building; especially one formed by a cornerstone

  12. cornerverb

    gain control over

    "corner the gold market"

  13. corner, treeverb

    force a person or an animal into a position from which he cannot escape

  14. cornerverb

    turn a corner

    "the car corners"


  1. cornernoun

    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. cornernoun

    The space in the angle between converging lines or walls which meet in a point.

    The chimney corner was full of cobwebs.

  3. cornernoun

    The projection into space of an angle in a solid object.

    Herbert bruised his shin on the corner of the coffee table.

  4. cornernoun

    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. cornernoun

    An edge or extremity; the part farthest from the center; hence, any quarter or part, or the direction in which it lies.

  6. cornernoun

    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. cornernoun

    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. cornernoun

    One of the four vertices of the strike zone.

    The pitch was just off the corner, low and outside.

  9. cornernoun

    first base or third base.

    There are runners on the corners with just one out.

  10. cornerverb

    To drive (someone) into a corner or other confined space.

    The cat had cornered a cricket between the sofa and the television stand.

  11. cornerverb

    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.

  12. cornerverb

    To get command of (a stock, commodity, etc.), so as to be able to put one's own price on it.

  13. cornerverb

    To turn a corner or drive around a curve.

    As the stock car driver cornered the last turn, he lost control and spun out.

  14. cornerverb

    To handle while moving around a corner in a road or otherwise turning.

    That BMW corners well, but the suspension is too stiff.

  15. cornernoun

    A corner kick.

  16. Etymology: From corner, from cornere (compare cornier, corniere), from corne, from *, from cornua, plural of cornu. More at hirn.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cornernoun

    the point where two converging lines meet; an angle, either external or internal

  2. Cornernoun

    the space in the angle between converging lines or walls which meet in a point; as, the chimney corner

  3. Cornernoun

    an edge or extremity; the part farthest from the center; hence, any quarter or part

  4. Cornernoun

    a secret or secluded place; a remote or out of the way place; a nook

  5. Cornernoun

    direction; quarter

  6. Cornernoun

    the state of things produced by a combination of persons, who buy up the whole or the available part of any stock or species of property, which compels those who need such stock or property to buy of them at their own price; as, a corner in a railway stock

  7. Cornerverb

    to drive into a corner

  8. Cornerverb

    to drive into a position of great difficulty or hopeless embarrassment; as, to corner a person in argument

  9. Cornerverb

    to get command of (a stock, commodity, etc.), so as to be able to put one's own price on it; as, to corner the shares of a railroad stock; to corner petroleum

  10. Etymology: [OF. corniere, cornier, LL. cornerium, corneria, fr. L. cornu horn, end, point. See Horn.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Corner

    kor′nėr, n. the point where two lines meet: a secret or confined place: an embarrassing position, difficulty: (obs.) a point in a rubber at whist: a free kick given to the opposite side when a player in football kicks the ball over his own goal-line: an operation by which the whole of a stock or commodity is bought up, so that speculative sellers are compelled to buy, to meet their engagements, at the corner-men's own price.—v.t. to supply with corners: to put in a corner: to put in a fix or difficulty.—adj. Cor′nered, having corners: put in a difficult position.—n. Cor′ner-stone, the stone which unites the two walls of a building at a corner: the principal stone, esp. the corner of the foundation of a building—hence (fig.) something of very great importance.—n.pl. Cor′ner-teeth, the lateral incisors of a horse, above and below.—adv. Cor′ner-wise, with the corner in front: diagonally.—Cut off a corner, to take a short cut; Done in a corner, done secretly: Drive into a corner, to put in a fix: to bring to bay; Keep a corner, to reserve a place; The Corner (slang), Tattersall's betting-rooms in London, till 1867 at Hyde Park Corner; Turn the corner, to go round the corner: to get past a difficulty; Within the four corners of, contained in (of a document, &c.). [O. Fr. corniere—L. cornu.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Corner

    The creation of a monopoly of prices in respect of natural produce or manufactured goods. The allusion here is to speculators who agreed in a quiet corner, at or near the Exchange, to buy up the whole market.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'corner' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1508

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'corner' in Written Corpus Frequency: #925

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'corner' in Nouns Frequency: #513

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of corner in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of corner in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of corner in a Sentence

  1. Jack Keane:

    [ Thursday ], we’re going to try the diplomatic option to reverse North Korea’s nuclear program, as for the military option, we’re moving there because Beijing, Shen Dingli’ve painted us into a corner. Let’s work together and denuclearize North Korea. I don’t know if they’re going to do that. But we ’ll see.

  2. Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom:

    Homelessness isn't just a concern in our cities, it's a suburban issue and a rural issue, too. No Californian can say that homelessness is someone else's problem, every corner of our state has too many people living on the streets. And the crisis puts stress on public resources, from emergency rooms to jails to public works departments. It takes an unprecedented level of partnership between local, state, and federal government.

  3. The Times piece:

    Sure, the Clinton campaign wants to placate the base. But if Clinton’s recent positions are pandering, this is pandering with a purpose, and without an obvious cost. She’s saying everything she can to make the left happy — without backing herself into a left-wing corner. Where’s the downside in chiding Republicans on voting rights?

  4. Luke Hemsworth:

    I really miss Australia. I miss eating fish ‘n chips, oh my God, and Australian pies and the wonderful corner shops. I miss good surf where there are three or four people, as opposed to LA where there’s 30 or 40. I see living here for now as a means to an end. It’s a time in our life where we have to live here and hopefully we’ll shift back to Australia, but we’re not locked in either way. Maybe it’s to my detriment but I’ve never looked further ahead than a year and a half. But the girls have had have a wonderful upbringing in terms of being able to move around. Their passports are hilarious in terms of where they’ve been, the older ones are holding onto their Australian accents but my youngest daughter in particular is very American. She’s really entrenched and I actually find it really hilarious, really cute.

  5. Kristian Saucier:

    Out of the blue Appellate Court decided to come after Ron for Barack Obama license for a year, the window I have for my lawsuit, and they announced it after we announced my case, it’s a liberal court system … trying to dismember my legal defense. It’s a shame, it’s retribution. They’ve backed us into a corner so that I wo n’t be able to file the lawsuit.

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    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    • A. currish
    • B. askant
    • C. sesquipedalian
    • D. bonzer

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