Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An enclosure for confining livestock.
  • noun An enclosure formed by a circle of wagons for defense against attack during an encampment.
  • transitive verb To drive into and hold in a corral.
  • transitive verb To arrange (wagons) in a corral.
  • transitive verb To take control or possession of.
  • transitive verb To gather; garner.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A pen or inclosure for horses or cattle.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A strong stockade or inclosure for capturing wild elephants in Ceylon.
  • noun 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.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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 verb 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • verb enclose in a corral
  • noun a pen for cattle
  • verb collect or gather
  • verb arrange wagons so that they form a corral

Etymologies

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

[Spanish, from Vulgar Latin *currāle, enclosure for carts, from Latin currus, cart, from currere, to run; see kers- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Spanish corral

Examples

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

    Occupational Hazards

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Secret of the Island

  • 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

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

    Western Man

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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

  • " it’s no more than a high-toned commonplace book, corralling quotations from Connolly’s mid-war reading"

    Source: The times Literary supplement

    gather

    January 22, 2018