Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A private corner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A private or out-of-the-way corner. Massinger; Fuller.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • On the upper, and only other floor of this hotel, there was a great, wild, rambling sala, with one very little window in a by-corner, and four black doors opening into four black bedrooms in various directions.

    Pictures from Italy

  • Palestine has a small area, and every one of its inhabitants was acquainted with almost every by-corner and nook in it.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • It is only singular that in such a by-corner the scheme of Columbus should have found intelligent listeners and coadjutors, after it had been discarded, almost with scoffing and contempt, from learned universities and splendid courts.

    The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus

  • And, indeed, so solitary and remote is this ancient edifice, and so simple is the mode of living of the people in this by-corner of Spain, that the appearance of even a sorry calesa might well cause astonishment.

    The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus

  • He is difficult to understand, -- intricate, -- strange, -- drawing his illustrations from every by-corner of science, art, and nature, -- a comet, among the bright stars of German literature.

    Hyperion

  • He is difficult to understand, — intricate, — strange, — drawing his illustrations from every by-corner of science, art, and nature, — a comet, among the bright stars of German literature.

    Hyperion

  • And first of all he caused certain old rusty arms to be scoured, that belonged to his great-grandfather, and lay many ages neglected and forgotten in a by-corner of his house; he trimmed and dressed them the best he might, and then perceived a great defect they had; for they wanted a helmet, and had only a plain morion; but he by his industry supplied that want, and framed, with certain papers pasted together, a beaver for his morion.

    The First Part. I. Wherein Is Rehearsed the Calling and Exercise of the Renowned Gentleman, Don Quixote of the Mancha

  • When I occasionally found an article in some by-corner which could fairly be called a bargain, I found I had spent in fussing about it enough time and energy to earn the whole price several times over, -- even at the very limited money value which my time bears to me "(glancing at a pile of manuscript on his writing-desk).

    Concerning Cheapness

  • "A forlorn hope, perhaps, set to garrison this by-corner of the world, but not forgotten by the Commander-in-chief, remember that, maid

    Standish of Standish A story of the Pilgrims

  • "Frank hopes to land in August; and Anne, Mrs Gilchrist, will meet him as soon as she can hear, in her by-corner of the world, of his arrival.

    Deerbrook

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