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.

Primary Meanings of corner

1.
nv
the point where three areas or surfaces meet or intersect
turn a corner
2.
n
a place off to the side of an area
3.
nv
a temporary monopoly on a kind of commercial trade
gain control over
4.
nv
a predicament from which a skillful or graceful escape is impossible
force a person or an animal into a position from which he cannot escape
Full Definitions of corner
1

n the point where three areas or surfaces meet or intersect

“the corners of a cube”
Type of:
point
the precise location of something; a spatially limited location

n an interior angle formed by two meeting walls

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

n a projecting part where two sides or edges meet

“he knocked off the corners
Type of:
part, piece
a portion of a natural object

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

Synonyms:
quoin
Type of:
construction, structure
a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts

n the point where two lines meet or intersect

“the corners of a rectangle”
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

n the intersection of two streets

“standing on the corner watching all the girls go by”
Synonyms:
street corner, turning point
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

v turn a corner

“the car corners
Type of:
turn
change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense
2

n a place off to the side of an area

“he tripled to the rightfield corner
“the southeastern corner of the Mediterranean”
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)

n a remote area

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

n a small concavity

Synonyms:
niche, recess, recession
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
3

n a temporary monopoly on a kind of commercial trade

“a corner on the silver market”
Type of:
monopoly
(economics) a market in which there are many buyers but only one seller

v gain control over

corner the gold market”
Type of:
command, control
exercise authoritative control or power over
4

n a predicament from which a skillful or graceful escape is impossible

“his lying got him into a tight corner
Synonyms:
box
Type of:
plight, predicament, quagmire, quandary
a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one

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

Synonyms:
tree
Type of:
channelise, channelize, direct, guide, head, maneuver, manoeuver, manoeuvre, point, steer
direct the course; determine the direction of travelling

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