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also corner back  (kôr′nər-băk′)
n. Abbr. CB Football
Either of two defensive backs normally positioned behind the linebackers and toward the sidelines.


(American Football) American football a defensive back


(ˈkɔr nərˌbæk)

a defensive back in football who covers the area behind the line of scrimmage near the sideline.
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Noun1.cornerback - a defensive football player stationed outside the linebackers
football player, footballer - an athlete who plays American football
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Falcons cornerback Jason Webster (groin) is doubtful but defensive tackle Grady Jackson (knee) and offensive tackle Todd Weiner (knee) should be fit.
The coach said he was surprised USC does not employ ``off technique,'' which makes the cornerback backpedal and cover the receiver instead of turning sideways and running.
18 Oregon, but one thing the junior cornerback would like to do is get an exclusive shot at shutting down the Pacific-10 Conference's top receiver.
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