Army corps, or (French) Corps d'armée a body containing two or more divisions of a large army, organized as a complete army in itself.||Corps de logis(kor` de lo`zhe") [F., body of the house], the principal mass of a building, considered apart from its wings.Corps diplomatique(kr d`pl`m-tk") [F., diplomatic body], the body of ministers or envoys accredited to a government.

(Corpse) n. [OF. cors F. corps, L. corpus; akin to AS. hrif womb. See Midriff, and cf. Corse, Corselet, Corps, Cuerpo.]

1. A human body in general, whether living or dead; — sometimes contemptuously. [Obs.]

Formerly written (after the French form) corps. See Corps, n., 1.

2. The dead body of a human being; — used also Fig.

He touched the dead corpse of Public Credit, and it sprung upon its feet.
D. Webster.

Corpse candle. (a) A thick candle formerly used at a lich wake, or the customary watching with a corpse on the night before its interment. (b) A luminous appearance, resembling the flame of a candle, sometimes seen in churchyards and other damp places, superstitiously regarded as portending death.Corpse gate, the gate of a burial place through which the dead are carried, often having a covered porch; — called also lich gate.

(Cor*po"re*al*ly) adv. In the body; in a bodily form or manner.

(Cor*po"re*al*ness) n. Corporeality; corporeity.

(Cor`po*re"i*ty) n. [LL. corporeitas: cf. F. corporit.] The state of having a body; the state of being corporeal; materiality.

The one attributed corporeity to God.
Bp. Stillingfleet.

Those who deny light to be matter, do not therefore deny its corporeity.

(Cor*por"i*fy) v. t. [L. corpus body + -fy: cf. F. corporifier.] To embody; to form into a body. [Obs.] Boyle.

(Cor"po*sant) n. [It. corpo santo holy body.] St. Elmo's fire. See under Saint.

(Corps) n. sing. & pl. [F., fr. L. corpus body. See Corpse.]

1. The human body, whether living or dead. [Obs.] See Corpse, 1.

By what craft in my corps, it cometh [commences] and where.
Piers Plowman.

2. A body of men; esp., an organized division of the military establishment; as, the marine corps; the corps of topographical engineers; specifically, an army corps.

A corps operating with an army should consist of three divisions of the line, a brigade of artillery, and a regiment of cavalry.
Gen. Upton (U. S. Tactics. )

3. A body or code of laws. [Obs.]

The whole corps of the law.

4. (Eccl.) The land with which a prebend or other ecclesiastical office is endowed. [Obs.]

The prebendaries over and above their reserved rents have a corps.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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