American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to the body. See Synonyms at bodily.
- n. A noncommissioned rank in the U.S. Army that is above private first class and below sergeant.
- n. A noncommissioned rank in the U.S. Marine Corps that is above lance corporal and below sergeant.
- n. One who holds the rank of corporal.
- n. Ecclesiastical A white linen cloth on which the consecrated elements are placed during the celebration of the Eucharist.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining or relating to the body; bodily; physical: as, corporal pain; corporal punishment.
- Material; not spiritual; corporeal.
- In zoology, pertaining to the thorax and abdomen, as distinguished from the head, wings, feet, and other appendages: as, corporal colors or marks.
- Synonyms Physical, Corporeal, etc. See bodily.
- n. Eccles., in the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches, the fine linen cloth spread on the altar during the celebration of the eucharist. Upon it are placed the chalice and (in front of this) the paten. The right-hand end of the corporal is turned back to cover the paten when on the altar (except during oblation and consecration), the chalice being covered with the pall, or, after communion, with the post-communion veil, sometimes also called a corporal. Also corporal-cloth, corporale.
- n. The lowest non-commissioned officer of a company of infantry, cavalry, or artillery, next below a sergeant. He has charge of a squad, places and relieves sentinels, and has a certain disciplinary control in camp and barracks.
- n. Semotilus corporalis, a cyprinoid fish found in fresh waters east of the Alleghanies.
- n. [lowercase] Three-ball billiards with the addition of a wooden pin which spots wherever it falls on the playing-surface of the table and counts if knocked down by the cue-ball after this has hit another ball.
- adj. archaic Having a physical, tangible body; corporeal.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the body, especially the human body.
- n. ecclesiastical The white linen cloth on which the elements of the eucharist are placed; a communion cloth.
- n. military A non-commissioned officer army rank with NATO code OR-4. The rank below a sergeant but above a lance corporal and private.
- n. A non-commissioned officer rank in the police force, below a sergeant but above a private or patrolman.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (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.
- adj. Belonging or relating to the body; bodily.
- adj. Having a body or substance; not spiritual; material. In this sense now usually written
- n. A fine linen cloth, on which the sacred elements are consecrated in the eucharist, or with which they are covered; a communion cloth.
- adj. possessing or existing in bodily form
- n. a noncommissioned officer in the Army or Air Force or Marines
- adj. affecting or characteristic of the body as opposed to the mind or spirit
- Corrupted from the French caporal, from the Italian caporale, from capo ("head, leader") from the Latin caput ("head"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin corporālis, from corpus, corpor-, body; see kwrep- in Indo-European roots.Obsolete French, alteration of caporal, from Old Italian caporale, from capo, head, from Latin caput; see kaput- in Indo-European roots.Middle English, from Old French and from Medieval Latin corporāle, both from Latin corporālis, of the body (the Eucharistic bread being representative of Christ's body), from corpus, corpor-, body. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Some of them, we had to use what you call corporal punishment.”
“With teachers still raw from the layoffs, she told a business magazine that an unspecified number of the sacked educators "had had sex" with students or had engaged in corporal punishment.”
“When Father arrives at the altar he removes the corporal from the burse and unfolds it on the mensa, placing the chalice which he has carried with him on top of the corporal.”
“I think it will be WONDERFUL not to have a body ... as much as my body gives me (and others) a lot of pleasure, being corporal is a very heavy way to exist.”
“Marine Corps corporal is a leading proponent of one of the toughest immigration laws in the country.”
“Oelschig replied counter-revolutionary wars were often referred to as corporal, lieutenant or sergeants 'wars.”
“He waited a moment or two as if willing to give the old woman time to speak: then, when he saw that she kept her thin, quivering lips resolutely glued together he called his corporal to him.”
“In one of the minor Krijgsraads in Natal there was a tie in the voting, which was ended when an old burgher called his corporal aside and influenced him to change his vote.”
“I had my lesson, so I called the corporal and explained that his men were to come in relays, and when the coffee-pot was empty there was more in the house; and I left them to serve themselves, while I finished dressing.”
“The corporal is just coming out of hospital, almost completely paralyzed, to be taken care of for the rest of his life, and the man who rescued him has got promotion and a pension.”
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