corral definition

  • noun:
    • An enclosure for confining livestock.
    • An enclosure formed by a circle of wagons for protection against attack during an encampment.
    • An enclosure for livestock, specifically a circular one.
    • An enclosure or area to focus a dispersed group.
    • A circle of wagons, either for the intended purpose of trapping livestock, or even for security.
    • A pen for animals; esp., an inclosure made out of wagons, by emigrants in the vicinity of hostile Indians, as a spot of safety for horses, cattle, etc.
    • A pen or inclosure for horses or cattle.
    • An inclosure, generally a broad circle, formed of the wagons of an ox- or mule-train by emigrants crossing the flatlands, for encampment during the night, or in instance of attack by Indians, the horses and cattle grazing in the group. See corral, v. t.
    • a solid stockade or inclosure for catching wild elephants in Ceylon.
    • In Florida as well as the western Indies, a pen near the coast in which sponges are macerated during cleansing all of them for market. Occasionally colloquially contracted to crawl. See kraal.
    • a pen for cattle
    • An enclosure for confining livestock.
    • An enclosure created by a circle of wagons for defense against assault during an encampment.
    • An enclosure for livestock, specifically a circular one.
    • An enclosure or location to focus a dispersed team.
    • A circle of wagons, either for the true purpose of trapping livestock, and for security.
    • A pen for pets; esp., an inclosure fashioned with wagons, by emigrants in the vicinity of aggressive Indians, as somewhere of security for horses, cattle, etc.
    • A pen or inclosure for horses or cattle.
    • An inclosure, usually an extensive group, formed associated with wagons of an ox- or mule-train by emigrants crossing the flatlands, for encampment during the night, or perhaps in situation of attack by Indians, the ponies and cattle grazing inside the group. See corral, v. t.
    • A strong stockade or inclosure for taking crazy elephants in Ceylon.
    • In Florida as well as the West Indies, a pen close to the coast in which sponges tend to be macerated throughout cleaning them for marketplace. Sometimes colloquially contracted to crawl. See kraal.
    • a pen for cattle
  • verb-transitive:
    • to operate a vehicle into and hold in a corral.
    • to prepare (wagons) in a corral.
    • To take close control or control of.
    • To gather; garner: "difficult for congressional leadership to corral most votes” ( Don J. Pease).
    • To surround and inclose; to coop up; to place into an inclosed area; -- primarily used in combination with reference to securing horses and cattle in an inclosure of wagons while traversing the plains, but in the Southwestern usa today colloquially put on the capturing, securing, or penning of any such thing.
    • to operate a vehicle into and hold in a corral.
    • to prepare (wagons) in a corral.
    • To assume control or possession of.
    • To gather; garner: "difficult for congressional management to corral most votes” ( Don J. Pease).
    • To surround and inclose; to coop up; to place into an inclosed area; -- primarily combined with mention of securing ponies and cattle in an inclosure of wagons while traversing the plains, however in the Southwestern US today colloquially put on the capturing, securing, or penning of anything.
  • verb:
    • to recapture or gather.
    • to put inside of a corral.
    • In order to make a circle of automobiles, as of wagons so as to form a corral.
    • enclose in a corral
    • accumulate or gather
    • arrange wagons in order that they form a corral
    • to recapture or locate.
    • to position within a corral.
    • which will make a circle of automobiles, by wagons in order to develop a corral.
    • enclose in a corral
    • accumulate or gather
    • arrange wagons in order that they form a corral
  • others:
    • To drive into a corral; inclose aud secure in a corral, as real time stock.
    • To capture; make prisoner of; take possession of; appropriate; scoop: as, they corralled the whole outfit—that is, captured them all.
    • Figuratively, to place; leave no escape to in conversation; spot in argument.
    • to make into a corral; form a corral or inclosure by means of. See plant.
    • To drive into a corral; inclose aud secure in a corral, as live stock.
    • to fully capture; make prisoner of; take control of; proper; scoop: as, they corralled your whole outfit—that is, grabbed them.
    • Figuratively, to corner; leave no escape to in discussion; spot in argument.
    • to create into a corral; form a corral or inclosure through. See extract.

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