Meaning of corner

corner




Corners are everywhere. Two perpendicular lines form a corner. Rooms and streets have corners too. If a child misbehaves in class, the teacher might make him stand in the corner.

The key to a corner is that it leads in two directions: when you look at the corner of a room, you could hang a picture to the right or left of the corner, but not in the corner itself. A street corner usually has a street sign and sometimes a bus stop, too. A square table has four corners, but a round table doesn’t have any corner. Notice how when you look straight at a corner, there’s nowhere to go? That’s why corner is also a verb. If you say, “I cornered him,” it means you trapped him and gave him nowhere to turn. Whenever we don’t see a lot of options, we feel cornered.

Definitions of corner
  1. noun

    the point where three areas or surfaces meet or intersect

    “the
    corners of a cube”
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    type of:

    point

    the precise location of something; a spatially limited location

  2. noun

    an interior angle formed by two meeting walls

    “a piano was in one
    corner of the room”
    synonyms:

    nook

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    types:

    amen corner

    area reserved for persons leading the responsive `amens’
    chimney corner, inglenook

    a corner by a fireplace
    type of:

    area

    a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function

  3. noun

    a projecting part where two sides or edges meet

    “he knocked off the
    corners
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    type of:

    part, piece

    a portion of a natural object

  4. noun

    (architecture) solid exterior angle of a building; especially one formed by a cornerstone

    synonyms:

    quoin

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    type of:

    construction, structure

    a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts

  5. noun

    the point where two lines meet or intersect

    “the
    corners of a rectangle”
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    types:

    canthus

    either of the corners of the eye where the upper and lower eyelids meet
    nasal canthus

    the inner corner of the eye
    temporal canthus

    the outer corner of the eye
    type of:

    point

    the precise location of something; a spatially limited location

  6. noun

    the intersection of two streets

    “standing on the
    corner watching all the girls go by”
    synonyms:

    street corner, turning point

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    types:

    blind corner

    a street corner that you cannot see around as you are driving
    type of:

    carrefour, crossing, crossroad, crossway, intersection

    a junction where one street or road crosses another

  7. verb

    turn a corner

    “the car
    corners
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    type of:

    turn

    change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense

  8. noun

    a place off to the side of an area

    “he tripled to the rightfield
    corner
    “the southeastern
    corner of the Mediterranean”
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    type of:

    area, country

    a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)

  9. noun

    a remote area

    “in many
    corners of the world they still practice slavery”
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    type of:

    area, country

    a particular geographical region of indefinite boundary (usually serving some special purpose or distinguished by its people or culture or geography)

  10. noun

    a small concavity

    synonyms:

    niche, recess, recession

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    types:

    pharyngeal recess

    a small recess in the wall of the pharynx
    type of:

    concave shape, concavity, incurvation, incurvature

    a shape that curves or bends inward

  11. noun

    a temporary monopoly on a kind of commercial trade

    “a
    corner on the silver market”
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    type of:

    monopoly

    (economics) a market in which there are many buyers but only one seller

  12. verb

    gain control over

    corner the gold market”
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    type of:

    command, control

    exercise authoritative control or power over

  13. noun

    a predicament from which a skillful or graceful escape is impossible

    “his lying got him into a tight
    corner
    synonyms:

    box

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    type of:

    morass, plight, predicament, quagmire, quandary

    a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one

  14. verb

    force a person or an animal into a position from which he cannot escape

    synonyms:

    tree

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    type of:

    channelise, channelize, direct, guide, head, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, point, steer

    direct the course; determine the direction of travelling

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