What does corner mean?

Definitions for corner
ˈkɔr nərcor·ner

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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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CORNERnoun

    Etymology: cornel, Welsh; cornier, French.

    There’s nothing I have done yet, o’ my conscience,
    Deserves a corner. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    It is better to dwell in a corner of a house-top, than with a brawling woman and in a wide house. Proverbs, xxv. 24.

    I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner. Acts, xxvi. 26.

    All the inhabitants, in every corner of the island, have been absolutely reduced under his immediate subjection. Davies.

    Those vices, that lurk in the secret corners of the soul. Addis.

    Your active search
    Leaves no cold wintry corner unexplor’d. James Thomson, Spring.

    Might I but through my prison, once a day,
    Behold this maid, all corners else o’ th’ earth
    Let liberty make use of. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    I turn’d, and try’d each corner of my bed,
    To find if sleep were there; but sleep was lost. Dryden.


  1. Corner

    The Corner is the second single released by rapper Common on his sixth album, Be. It features a chorus and production by Kanye West as well as spoken word lyrics by The Last Poets. The song's lyrics deal with street corners in poor neighborhoods. The song's beat contains samples from "You Make the Sun Shine" by The Temprees and "What It Is" by The Temptations. Because of the song's gritty sound, some fans considered it to be a return to Common's Resurrection days. A music video directed by Kanye West was made for "The Corner."


  1. corner

    A corner typically refers to the point where two lines or surfaces meet, forming an angle. It can also refer to a specific location, often within a building or a room, where two walls meet. Additionally, in sports such as soccer or boxing, a corner stands for a free-kick or a neutral corner, respectively, where players or fighters take certain positions during the game or match.

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.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Corner is ranked #13477 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Corner surname appeared 2,256 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Corner.

    73.2% or 1,652 total occurrences were White.
    20.7% or 469 total occurrences were Black.
    3.3% or 76 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 39 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.4% or 11 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 9 total occurrences were Asian.

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. Dejan Stojanovic:

    Busy with the ugliness of the expensive success we forget the easiness of free beauty lying sad right around the corner, only an instant removed, unnoticed and squandered.

  2. Elizabeth Warren:

    We are not anonymous people in our precinct, so we're going to have to stand in some corner on Monday night, and it's going to be Bob Dvorsky corner.

  3. Actress Gianna Simone:

    These girls were serious toughies, one girl had a knife slice from the corner of her lip up to her ear. I remember just sitting in a room with all of these girls and thinking, ‘I hope I don’t have to fight for my life every day because this is going to get exhausting.’.

  4. Kathleen Norris:

    None of us knows what the next change is going to be, what unexpected opportunity is just around the corner, waiting a few months or a few years to change all the tenor of our lives.

  5. Dan Evans:

    It was just a bit of a joke to the guys in the corner, it wasn't that physical of a match to be honest, it was more mental, hanging in there.

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