corner

Definitions

General English

  • noun a place where two walls, streets or sides meet

Banking

  • noun a situation where one person or a group controls the supply of a certain commodity

Electronics

  • The point at which lines, edges, sides, or surfaces meet to form an angle, and the area immediately surrounding this vertex.
  • An abrupt change in the longitudinal axis of a waveguide. When such a change is 90°, it is called an elbow bend.

Information & Library Science

  • verb to gain control of a particular market

Publishing

  • noun a point where the sides of a page or cover of a book meet

Sports

  • noun the part of the playing field or surface where two boundaries meet
  • noun a free kick or shot from a corner of the field, given to the attacking team when a defending player plays the ball over the goal line
  • noun any of the four parts of a ring where the ropes are attached to the posts, especially the two where the competitors rest between rounds

Origin & History of “corner”

The idea underlying corner is of a ‘projecting part’ or ‘point’. It came via Anglo-Norman corner from vulgar Latin *cornārium, a derivative of Latin cornū ‘point’ (‘point’ was in fact a secondary sense, developed from an original ‘horn’ – and Latin cornū is related to English horn). other English descendants of cornū are corn ‘hard skin’, cornea (14th c.), cornet (14th c.), originally a diminutive form, and cornucopia (16th c.), literally ‘horn of plenty’.
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