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1. An enclosure for confining livestock.
2. An enclosure formed by a circle of wagons for defense against attack during an encampment.
tr.v. cor·ralled, cor·ral·ling, cor·rals
1. To drive into and hold in a corral.
2. To arrange (wagons) in a corral.
3. To take control or possession of.
4. To gather; garner: "difficult for congressional leadership to corral a majority of votes" (Don J. Pease).
1. (Agriculture) chiefly US and Canadian an enclosure for confining cattle or horses
2. (Historical Terms) chiefly US (formerly) a defensive enclosure formed by a ring of covered wagons
vb (tr) , -rals, -ralling or -ralled
3. (Agriculture) to drive into and confine in or as in a corral
4. informal to capture
[C16: from Spanish, from Vulgar Latin currāle (unattested) area for vehicles, from Latin currus wagon, from currere to run]
n., v. -ralled, -ral•ling. n.
1. an enclosure or pen for horses, cattle, etc.
2. a circular enclosure of wagons, formed for defense against attack.v.t.
3. to confine in or as if in a corral.
a. to seize; capture.
b. to collect or garner: to corral votes.
5. to form (wagons) into a corral.
[1575–85; < Sp < Vulgar Latin *currāle enclosure for carts = Latin curr(us) wagon, cart]
Past participle: corralled
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|Noun||1.||corral - a pen for cattle |
pen - an enclosure for confining livestock
|Verb||1.||corral - enclose in a corral; "corral the horses"|
|2.||corral - arrange wagons so that they form a corral|
|3.||corral - collect or gather; "corralling votes for an election"|
corral(U.S. & Canad.)