corralling

corral

[kuh-ral]
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.
a.
to seize; capture.
b.
to collect, gather, or garner: to corral votes.
5.
to form (wagons) into a corral.

Origin:
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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corral (kɒˈrɑːl)
 
n
1.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) an enclosure for confining cattle or horses
2.  chiefly (US) (formerly) a defensive enclosure formed by a ring of covered wagons
 
vb , -rals, -ralling, -ralled
3.  to drive into and confine in or as in a corral
4.  informal to capture
 
[C16: from Spanish, from Vulgar Latin currāle (unattested) area for vehicles, from Latin currus wagon, from currere to run]

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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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