Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An enclosure for confining livestock.
  • n. An enclosure formed by a circle of wagons for defense against attack during an encampment.
  • transitive v. To drive into and hold in a corral.
  • transitive v. To arrange (wagons) in a corral.
  • transitive v. To take control or possession of.
  • transitive v. To gather; garner: "difficult for congressional leadership to corral a majority of votes” ( Don J. Pease).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An enclosure for livestock, especially a circular one.
  • n. An enclosure or area to concentrate a dispersed group.
  • n. A circle of wagons, either for the purpose of trapping livestock, or for defense.
  • v. To capture or round up.
  • v. To place inside of a corral.
  • v. To make a circle of vehicles, as of wagons so as to form a corral.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A pen for animals; esp., an inclosure made with wagons, by emigrants in the vicinity of hostile Indians, as a place of security for horses, cattle, etc.
  • transitive v. To surround and inclose; to coop up; to put into an inclosed space; -- primarily used with reference to securing horses and cattle in an inclosure of wagons while traversing the plains, but in the Southwestern United States now colloquially applied to the capturing, securing, or penning of anything.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pen or inclosure for horses or cattle.
  • n. An inclosure, usually a wide circle, formed of the wagons of an ox- or mule-train by emigrants crossing the plains, for encampment at night, or in case of attack by Indians, the horses and cattle grazing within the circle. See corral, v. t.
  • n. A strong stockade or inclosure for capturing wild elephants in Ceylon.
  • To drive into a corral; inclose aud secure in a corral, as live stock.
  • To capture; make prisoner of; take possession of; appropriate; scoop: as, they corralled the whole outfit—that is, captured them all.
  • Figuratively, to corner; leave no escape to in discussion; corner in argument.
  • To form into a corral; form a corral or inclosure by means of. See extract.
  • n. In Florida and the West Indies, a pen near the shore where sponges are macerated in the course of cleaning them for market. Sometimes colloquially contracted to crawl. See kraal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. enclose in a corral
  • n. a pen for cattle
  • v. collect or gather
  • v. arrange wagons so that they form a corral

Etymologies

Spanish, from Vulgar Latin *currāle, enclosure for carts, from Latin currus, cart, from currere, to run.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish corral (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I slide the negatives back into the envelope and head back to the word corral.

    Occupational Hazards

  • Jup understood the word corral, which had been frequently pronounced before him, and it may be remembered, too, that he had often driven the cart thither in company with Pencroft.

    The Mysterious Island

  • The corral is at the head of a steep little canyon or gulch, back in the hills where all these bigger canyons head.

    The Ranch at the Wolverine

  • But instead of what's known as a chemo "corral" -- often a windowless infusion room with several patients clustered around a nurse's station -- she settles into a comfortable recliner in a private infusion bay at the new Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center.

    A Treatment Room With a View

  • He runs the camel corral, which is this big fenced area where all the camels chill out.

    Jonesy's Rhino

  • She had stopped them from galloping down the lane, but herding them back into the corral was another thing.

    Western Man

  • Moving the cattle from the hills to the corral is a sign of the changing season.

    CNN Transcript Sep 25, 2008

  • When the dust settled, the corral was a mess—firewood scattered about, hats blown off, metal instruments flung here and there.

    Plain Language

  • The mules were first driven into a stockade, called a corral, inclosing an acre or more of ground.

    Memoirs of the Union's Three Great Civil War Generals

  • At one corner of the corral was a small, funnel-shaped "drive," the outer opening of which was just large enough to squeeze a sheep through, and in the drive stood a man, sheep in hand, ever ready to rush it straight to the hands of the shearer the instant he was ready for it.

    Army Letters from an Officer's Wife, 1871-1888

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  • From the book The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Pg.73
    "In a way, that's a plus because at least she can be counted on to corral us around to places on time whereas we haven't seen Haymitch since he agreed to help us on the train."

    November 29, 2010