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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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