(Cor"po*race) n. See Corporas.
Corporal's guard, a detachment such as would be in charge of a corporal for guard duty, etc.; hence,
derisively, a very small number of persons. Lance corporal, an assistant corporal on private's pay.
Farrow. Ship's corporal (Naut.), a petty officer who assists the master at arms in his various duties.
(Cor"po*ral) n. [Corrupted fr. F. caporal, It. caporale, fr. capo head, chief, L. caput. See
Chief, and cf. Caporal.] (Mil.) A noncommissioned officer, next below a sergeant. In the United States
army he is the lowest noncommissioned officer in a company of infantry. He places and relieves sentinels.
(Cor"po*ral), a. [L. corporalis, fr. corpus body. See Corpse.]
1. Belonging or relating to the body; bodily. "Past corporal toil." Shak.
Pillories and other corporal infections. Corporal punishment (law), punishment applied to the body of the offender, including the death penalty,
whipping, and imprisonment.
2. Having a body or substance; not spiritual; material. In this sense now usually written corporeal. Milton.
A corporal heaven . . . .where the stare are.
What seemed corporal melted
As breath into the wind.
Syn. Corporal, Bodily, Corporeal. Bodily is opposed to mental; as, bodily affections. Corporeal
refers to the whole physical structure or nature, of the body; as, corporeal substance or frame. Corporal,
as now used, refers more to punishment or some infliction; as, corporal punishment. To speak of corporeal
punishment is an error. Bodily austerities; the corporeal mold.
Corporal oath, a solemn oath; so called from the fact that it was the ancient usage for the party
taking it to touch the corporal, or cloth that covered the consecrated elements.
(||Cor`po*ra"le) n. [LL. corporale: cf. F. corporal. See Corporal,a.]
A fine linen cloth, on which the sacred elements are consecrated in the eucharist, or with which they are
covered; a communion cloth.
(Cor`po*ral"i*ty) n.: pl. Corporalities [L. corporalitas: cf. F. corporalit.]
1. The state of being or having a body; bodily existence; corporeality; opposed to spirituality. Dr. H.
2. A confraternity; a guild. [Obs.] Milton.
(Cor"po*ral*ly) adv. In or with the body; bodily; as, to be corporally present. Sharp.
(Cor"po*ral*ship), n. (Mil.) A corporal's office.
(Cor"po*ras) n. [Prop. pl. of corporal.] The corporal, or communion cloth. [Obs.] Fuller.
(Cor"po*rate) a. [L. corporatus, p. p. of corporare to shape into a body, fr. corpus body.
1. Formed into a body by legal enactment; united in an association, and endowed by law with the rights
and liabilities of an individual; incorporated; as, a corporate town.
2. Belonging to a corporation or incorporated body. "Corporate property." Hallam.
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