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corner

[kawr-ner] /ˈkɔr nər/
noun
1.
the place at which two converging lines or surfaces meet.
2.
the space between two converging lines or surfaces near their intersection; angle:
a chair in the corner of the room.
3.
a projecting angle, especially of a rectangular figure or object:
He bumped into the corner of the table.
4.
the point where two streets meet:
the corner of Market and Main Streets.
5.
an end; margin; edge.
6.
any narrow, secluded, or secret place.
7.
an awkward or embarrassing position, especially one from which escape is impossible.
8.
Finance. a monopolizing or a monopoly of the available supply of a stock or commodity to a point permitting control of price (applied only when monopoly price is exacted).
9.
region; part; quarter:
from every corner of the empire.
10.
Surveying.
  1. the point of intersection of the section lines of a land survey, often marked by a monument or some object, as a pipe that is set or driven into the ground.
    Compare section (def 5).
  2. a stake, tree, or rock marking the intersection of property lines.
11.
a piece to protect the corner of anything.
12.
Baseball.
  1. any point on the line forming the left or right boundary of home plate:
    a pitch on the corner.
  2. the area formed by the intersection of the foul line and the outfield fence.
13.
Boxing.
  1. the immediate area formed by any of the four angles in the ring.
  2. one of the two assigned corners where a boxer rests between rounds and behind which the handlers sit during a fight.
14.
Soccer. corner kick.
adjective
15.
situated on or at a corner where two streets meet:
a corner drugstore.
16.
made to fit or be used in a corner:
a corner cabinet.
verb (used with object)
17.
to furnish with corners.
18.
to place in or drive into a corner.
19.
to force into an awkward or difficult position or one from which escape is impossible:
He finally cornered the thief.
20.
to gain control of (a stock, commodity, etc.).
verb (used without object)
21.
to meet in or be situated on or at a corner.
22.
to form a corner in a stock or commodity.
23.
(of an automobile) to turn, especially at a speed relatively high for the angle of the turn involved.
Idioms
24.
cut corners,
  1. to use a shorter route.
  2. to reduce costs or care in execution:
    cutting corners to meet the foreign competition.
25.
rough corners, rude, boorish, or unsophisticated characteristics, manners, or the like:
Despite his rough corners, he was very likable.
26.
the four corners of the earth, the most distant or remote regions:
They traveled to the four corners of the earth.
27.
turn the corner, to pass through a crisis safely:
When the fever passed, we knew he had turned the corner.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, equivalent to Old French corne corner, horn (< Latin cornū horn; cf. cornu) + -er -er2
Synonyms
7. predicament, impasse, dead end.
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British Dictionary definitions for cornering

corner

/ˈkɔːnə/
noun
1.
the place, position, or angle formed by the meeting of two converging lines or surfaces
2.
a projecting angle of a solid object or figure
3.
the place where two streets meet
4.
any small, secluded, secret, or private place
5.
a dangerous or awkward position, esp from which escape is difficult: a tight corner
6.
any part, region or place, esp a remote place
7.
something used to protect or mark a corner, as of the hard cover of a book
8.
(commerce) a monopoly over the supply of a commodity so that its market price can be controlled
9.
(soccer, hockey) a free kick or shot from the corner of the field, taken against a defending team when the ball goes out of play over their goal line after last touching one of their players
10.
either of two opposite angles of a boxing ring in which the opponents take their rests
11.
(mountaineering) a junction between two rock faces forming an angle of between 60° and 120° US name dihedral
12.
cut corners, to do something in the easiest and shortest way, esp at the expense of high standards
13.
round the corner, just round the corner, close at hand
14.
turn the corner, to pass the critical point (in an illness, etc)
15.
(modifier) located on a corner: a corner shop
16.
(modifier) suitable or designed for a corner: a corner table
17.
(logic) either of a pair of symbols used in the same way as ordinary quotation marks to indicate quasi quotation See quasi-quotation
verb
18.
(transitive) to manoeuvre (a person or animal) into a position from which escape is difficult or impossible: finally they cornered the fox
19.
(transitive) to furnish or provide with corners
20.
(transitive) to place in or move into a corner
21.
(transitive)
  1. to acquire enough of (a commodity) to attain control of the market
  2. Also engross. to attain control of (a market) in such a manner Compare forestall (sense 3)
22.
(intransitive) (of vehicles, etc) to turn a corner
23.
(intransitive) (US) to be situated on a corner
24.
(intransitive) (in soccer, etc) to take a corner
Word Origin
C13: from Old French corniere, from Latin cornū point, extremity, horn

Corner

noun
1.
(informal) the Corner, an area in central Australia, at the junction of the borders of Queensland and South Australia
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Word Origin and History for cornering

corner

n.

late 13c., from Anglo-French cornere (Old French corniere), from Old French corne "horn, corner," from Vulgar Latin *corna, from Latin cornua, plural of cornu "projecting point, end, horn" (see horn (n.)). Replaced Old English hyrne. As an adjective, from 1530s.

v.

late 14c., "to furnish with corners," from corner (n.). Meaning "to turn a corner," as in a race, is 1860s; meaning "drive (someone) into a corner" is American English from 1824. Commercial sense is from 1836. Related: Cornered; cornering.

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Slang definitions & phrases for cornering

corner

Related Terms

coffin corner, hot corner


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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cornering in the Bible

The angle of a house (Job 1:19) or a street (Prov. 7:8). "Corners" in Neh. 9:22 denotes the various districts of the promised land allotted to the Israelites. In Num. 24:17, the "corners of Moab" denotes the whole land of Moab. The "corner of a field" (Lev. 19:9; 23:22) is its extreme part, which was not to be reaped. The Jews were prohibited from cutting the "corners," i.e., the extremities, of the hair and whiskers running round the ears (Lev. 19:27; 21:5). The "four corners of the earth" in Isa. 11:12 and Ezek. 7:2 denotes the whole land. The "corners of the streets" mentioned in Matt. 6:5 means the angles where streets meet so as to form a square or place of public resort. The corner gate of Jerusalem (2 Kings 14:13; 2 Chr. 26:9) was on the north-west side of the city. Corner-stone (Job 38:6; Isa. 28:16), a block of great importance in binding together the sides of a building. The "head of the corner" (Ps. 118:22, 23) denotes the coping, the "coign of vantage", i.e., the topstone of a building. But the word "corner stone" is sometimes used to denote some person of rank and importance (Isa. 28:16). It is applied to our Lord, who was set in highest honour (Matt. 21:42). He is also styled "the chief corner stone" (Eph. 2:20; 1 Pet. 2:6-8). When Zechariah (10:4), speaking of Judah, says, "Out of him came forth the corner," he is probably to be understood as ultimately referring to the Messiah as the "corner stone." (See TEMPLE, SOLOMON'S ØT0003612.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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