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[kawr-i-der, -dawr, kor-] /ˈkɔr ɪ dər, -ˌdɔr, ˈkɒr-/
a gallery or passage connecting parts of a building; hallway.
a passage into which several rooms or apartments open.
a passageway in a passenger ship or railroad car permitting access to separate cabins or compartments.
a narrow tract of land forming a passageway, as one connecting two major cities or one belonging to an inland country and affording an outlet to the sea:
the Polish Corridor.
a usually densely populated region characterized by one or more well-traveled routes used by railroad, airline, or other carriers:
The Northeast corridor extends from Washington, D.C., to Boston.
Aeronautics. a restricted path along which an aircraft must travel to avoid hostile action, other air traffic, etc.
Aerospace. a carefully calculated path through the atmosphere along which a space vehicle must travel after launch or during reentry in order to attain a desired orbit, to avoid severe acceleration and deceleration, or to minimize aerodynamic heating.
1585-95; < Middle French < Upper Italian corridore (Tuscan corridoio), equivalent to corr(ere) to run (< Latin currere) + -idore < Latin -i-tōrium; see -i-, -tory2
Related forms
corridored, adjective
precorridor, noun
uncorridored, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for corridors
  • When you start putting residences in the middle of forest, though, you create wind corridors that make the trees more vulnerable.
  • Warm-colored wood floors are a highlight of the interior, as are fluted concrete pilasters that break up the long corridors.
  • corridors connect isolated patches and in effect make a specie potential habitat potentially larger.
  • Unoccupied in the winter, the center consists of seven laboratory igloos linked by corridors.
  • We need new and much improved transit options for heavily congested urban corridors.
  • The researchers will attend scheduled science sessions and gather for countless impromptu discussions in corridors and cafeterias.
  • Wildlife corridors could be the answer if integrated into the mix.
  • The city is also requiring new development to occur along these corridors, so future residents won't have to have a car.
  • High-speed rail accomplishes that, and it also provides a framework for future in-fill development along its corridors.
  • Gangs had turned junior high corridors into battlegrounds, school bathrooms into drug bazaars.
British Dictionary definitions for corridors


a hallway or passage connecting parts of a building
a strip of land or airspace along the route of a road or river: the M1 corridor
a strip of land or airspace that affords access, either from a landlocked country to the sea (such as the Polish corridor, 1919-39, which divided Germany) or from a state to an exclave (such as the Berlin corridor, 1945–90, which passed through the former East Germany)
a passageway connecting the compartments of a railway coach
corridors of power, the higher echelons of government, the Civil Service, etc, considered as the location of power and influence
a flight path that affords safe access for intruding aircraft
the path that a spacecraft must follow when re-entering the atmosphere, above which lift is insufficient and below which heating effects are excessive
Word Origin
C16: from Old French, from Old Italian corridore, literally: place for running, from correre to run, from Latin currere
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Word Origin and History for corridors



1590s, from French corridor (16c.), from Italian corridore "a gallery," literally "a runner," from correre "to run," from Latin currere (see current (adj.)). Originally of fortifications, meaning "long hallway" is first recorded 1814.

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