the place at which two lines, sides, edges, or surfaces meet; angle:a chair in the corner of the room.
an angle, end, side, or edge:a coffee table with sharp corners.
the point where two streets meet, or where one street bends sharply:I drove around the corner too fast and the car skidded.
an awkward or embarrassing position, esp. one from which escape is impossible; predicament:[usually: singular]I was backed into a corner by the evidence.
a region or part, esp. a distant part: The pilgrims came from every corner of the empire.
Business a situation in which only one person, business, etc., controls the available supply of something, such as a product or service:[usually: singular]a corner on the oil market.
adj.[before a noun]
situated on or at a corner where two streets meet:the corner drugstore.
[~ + object] to force into an awkward situation in which escape, refusal, etc., is difficult or impossible:The policeman cornered the crook in a back alley.[often: ~ + object + into + verb-ing]She cornered me into serving on the finance committee.
Business to gain control of (a stock, etc.):[~ + object]That country had cornered the market on oil.
[no object] (of an automobile) to turn, esp. at a speed relatively high for the angle of the turn.
Idiomscut corners, to reduce costs, time, or effort in carrying something out by leaving out certain steps:looking for a way to cut corners.
just around the corner,[uncountable] near in time or place; close by or close to happening:predicted that an improvement in the economy was just around the corner.
turn the corner, to begin to make improvement; start to recover:The day after the operation he turned the corner and was soon sent home.