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[kuh-ral] /kəˈræl/
noun
1.
an enclosure or pen for horses, cattle, etc.
2.
a circular enclosure formed by wagons during an encampment, as by covered wagons crossing the North American plains in the 19th century, for defense against attack.
verb (used with object), corralled, corralling.
3.
to confine in or as if in a corral.
4.
Informal.
  1. to seize; capture.
  2. to collect, gather, or garner:
    to corral votes.
5.
to form (wagons) into a corral.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < Spanish < Late Latin *currāle enclosure for carts, equivalent to Latin curr(us) wagon, cart (derivative of currere to run) + -āle, neuter of -ālis -al1
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Examples for corral
  • Create a binder or a file folder to corral paper items that come up for each course.
  • Workers at the rig tried to contain it, while responders scrambled to corral it, burn it or disperse it.
  • Inside the corral the cowboys separated the stallions from the mares, the foals from all the others.
  • corral these gases, and they can flow through a fuel cell, generating power through the dark hours.
  • The third was, as someone put it, merely a feral horse that got away from someone's corral.
  • It's easy to corral one or two head, but dealing with herds requires nimble fingers.
  • So there's three ways that we've found to corral email into one easy-to-use place.
  • Almost immediately, he says, the herd began moving towards the corral.
  • But none of the five other teams was able to corral enough power from the searchlight even to get off the launch gantry.
  • Flopping over isn't a problem if you corral them early with some kind of low, metal or wood-type barrier.
British Dictionary definitions for corral

corral

/kɒˈrɑːl/
noun
1.
(mainly US & Canadian) an enclosure for confining cattle or horses
2.
(mainly US) (formerly) a defensive enclosure formed by a ring of covered wagons
verb (transitive) (US & Canadian) -rals, -ralling, -ralled
3.
to drive into and confine in or as in a corral
4.
(informal) to capture
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish, from Vulgar Latin currāle (unattested) area for vehicles, from Latin currus wagon, from currere to run
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Word Origin and History for corral
corral
1582, from Sp. corro but origin uncertain. Perhaps ult. African, or from V.L. *currale "enclosure for vehicles," from L. currus "two-wheeled vehicle." Port. cognate curral is the source of S.African kraal "village, pen, enclosure." The verb meaning "to lay hold of, collar," is U.S. slang from 1860.
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Encyclopedia Article for corral

any temporary or permanent theatre structure established in an inn's courtyard in England or a residential courtyard in Spain. Under Elizabeth I, many plays were performed in the courtyards of London inns, with the first-recorded innyard performance in 1557. By 1576 there were five courtyard theatres in London, but they declined thereafter, since by then London had two permanent theatres

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