corner

corner
1 noun
1 WHERE TWO LINES/EDGES MEET (C) the point at which two lines or edges meet: He pulled a dirty handkerchief out by its corner and waved it at me. | in/on the corner: Write your name in the top left-hand corner of the page. | three-cornered/four-cornered etc: a three-cornered hat
2 ROADS (countable often singular)
a) the point where two roads meet: on/at the corner: He stopped at the corner of 5th and Main to buy a newspaper.
b) a point in a road where it turns sharply: I think the gas station should be just around the next corner.
3 CORNER OF A ROOM/BOX (countable often singular) the place inside a room or box where two walls or sides meet: in/at the corner: Jim and his cousin sat in the corner talking about people back home.
4 MOUTH (C) the corners of your mouth are the sides of your mouth: A small smile appeared at the corners of his mouth.
5 DIFFICULT SITUATION (singular) a difficult situation that is difficult to escape from: force sb into a corner: The president is likely to be forced into a corner over his latest plans for welfare spending. | tight corner (=very difficult situation)
6 SPORT (C)
a) a kick in soccer that one team is allowed to take from one of the corners of their opponent's end of the field
b) any of the four corners of the area in which the competitors fight in boxing or wrestling
7 DISTANT PLACE (C) a distant place in another part of the world
(+of): She's gone off to do voluntary work in some remote corner of the world. | the four corners of the Earth/world (=all the distant places in the world): People came from the four corners of the world to see this spectacle.
8 see sth out of the corner of your eye to notice something accidentally, without turning your head towards it or looking for it: Out of the corner of her eye she saw the dog running towards her.
9 just around the corner likely to happen soon: Economic recovery is just around the corner.
10 turn a corner to start to improve: She's been ill for a long time, but the doctors think she's turned a corner now.
11 cut corners to do things too quickly, and not as carefully as you should, especially to save money or time: Don't try to cut corners when you're decorating.
12 cut a corner to go across the corner of something, especially a road, instead of keeping to the edges
13 have a corner on the market to have a position in which you control all of the supply of a particular type of goods: The company had a corner on the silver market.
-see also: kitty-corner 2 verb
1 (T) to force a person or animal into a position from which they cannot easily escape: As the dog was cornered, it began to growl threateningly. | Janet cornered Marty in the hall.
2 corner sb also back sb into a corner to put someone into a position in which they cannot choose to do what they want to do: They have backed us into a corner - if we don't accept their terms, we'll lose our jobs.
3 corner the market to gain control of the whole supply of a particular kind of goods: They're trying to corner the market by buying up all the wheat in sight.
4 (I) if a car corners, it goes around a corner or curve in the road

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • corner — 1. (kor né) v. n. 1°   Sonner du cornet, d une corne ou d une trompe. Le vacher a corné dès le matin. 2°   Parler dans un cornet pour se faire entendre au loin ou pour se faire entendre à un sourd. •   Il continue et corne à toute outrance :… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • corner — [kôr′nər] n. [ME < OFr corniere < ML cornerium < L cornu, projecting point, HORN] 1. the point or place where lines or surfaces join and form an angle 2. the area or space within the angle formed at the joining of lines or surfaces [the… …   English World dictionary

  • Corner — Cor ner (k?r n?r), n. [OF. corniere, cornier, LL. cornerium, corneria, fr. L. cornu horn, end, point. See {Horn}.] 1. The point where two converging lines meet; an angle, either external or internal. [1913 Webster] 2. The space in the angle… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Corner — ist die englische Bezeichnung für Ecke in Österreich und der Schweiz die Bezeichnung für einen Eckstoß der venezianische Name der italienischen Adelsfamilie Cornaro im Börsenhandel die Bezeichnung für eine Form der Marktmanipulation, siehe Corner …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • corner — Corner. v. n. Sonner d un cornet ou d une corne. Le Vacher a corné dés le matin. j ay entendu corner dans les bois. On dit par derision d Un homme qui sonne mal du cor, qu Il ne fait que corner. On dit quelquefois d une personne qui publie… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • corner — CORNER. v. n. Sonner d un cornet ou d une corne. Le vacher a corné dès le matin. J ai entendu corner dans les bois. f♛/b] On dit par dérision, d Un homme qui sonne mal du cor, ou qui en importune les voisins, qu Il ne fait que corner.[b]Corner,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • corner — cor‧ner [ˈkɔːnə ǁ ˈkɔːrnər] verb corner the market COMMERCE to gain control of the whole supply of a particular type of goods or services: • Singapore has made significant efforts to corner the market in this type of specialised service company.… …   Financial and business terms

  • corner — ► NOUN 1) a place or angle where two or more sides or edges meet. 2) a place where two streets meet. 3) a secluded or remote region or area. 4) a difficult or awkward position. 5) a position in which one dominates the supply of a particular… …   English terms dictionary

  • Corner — Cor ner, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cornered} ( n?rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cornering}.] 1. To drive into a corner. [1913 Webster] 2. To drive into a position of great difficulty or hopeless embarrassment; as, to corner a person in argument. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • corner — late 13c., from Anglo Fr. cornere (O.Fr. corniere), from O.Fr. corne horn, corner, from V.L. *corna, from L. cornua, pl. of cornu projecting point, end, horn (see HORN (Cf. horn)). Replaced O.E. hyrne. As an adj., from 1530s. The verb (late 14c.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • corner — [n1] angle bend, branch, cloverleaf, crook, crossing, edge, fork, intersection, joint, junction, projection, ridge, rim, shift, V*, veer, Y*; concepts 436,484,513 corner [n2] niche angle, cavity, compartment, cranny, hideaway, hide out, hole,… …   New thesaurus

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