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