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Meaning of CORPORAL

Pronunciation:  'korpurul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a noncommissioned officer in the army or airforce or marines
  2. [adj]  possessing or existing in bodily form; "what seemed corporal melted as breath into the wind"- Shakespeare; "an incarnate spirit"; "`corporate' is an archaic term"
  3. [adj]  affecting or characteristic of the body as opposed to the mind or spirit; "bodily needs"; "a corporal defect"; "corporeal suffering"; "a somatic symptom or somatic illness"

CORPORAL is a 8 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: bodied, bodily, corporate, corporeal, embodied, incarnate, material, physical, somatic
 See Also: noncom, noncommissioned officer



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cor"po*ral\ (k[^o]r"p[-o]*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.
    {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.
    {Ship's corporal} (Naut.), a petty officer who assists the
       master at arms in his various duties.
  2. \Cor"po*ral\, a. [L. corporalis, fr. corpus body. See
    1. Belonging or relating to the body; bodily. ``Past corporal
       toil.'' --Shak.
             Pillories and other corporal infections. --Milton.
    {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}.
    Usage: 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.
  3. \Cor"po*ral\ (k[^o]r"p[-o]*ral), Corporale
Thesaurus Terms
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