What does carcass mean?

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ˈkɑr kəscar·cass

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. carcase, carcassnoun

    the dead body of an animal especially one slaughtered and dressed for food


  1. carcassnoun

    body of a dead animal.

  2. carcassnoun

    Body of a dead human.

  3. carcassnoun

    framework of a structure, especially one not normally seen.

  4. carcassnoun

    An early incendiary ship-to-ship projectile consisting of an iron shell filled with saltpetre, sulphur, resin, turpentine, antimony and tallow with vents for flame.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Carcassnoun

    Etymology: carquasse, Fr.

    To blot the honour of the dead,
    And with foul cowardice his carcass shame,
    Whose living hands immortaliz’d his name. Fairy Q. b. ii.

    Where cattle pastur’d late, now scatter’d lies,
    With carcasses and arms, th’ insanguin’d field,
    Deserted. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. xi. l. 654.

    If a man visits his sick friend, in hope of legacy, he is a vulture, and only waits for the carcass. Taylor.

    The scaly nations of the sea profound,
    Like shipwreck’d carcasses, are driv’n aground. Dryden.

    Today how many would have given their honours,
    To’ve sav’d their carcasses? William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    He that finds himself in any distress, either of carcass or of fortune, should deliberate upon the matter, before he prays for a change. Roger L'Estrange.

    A rotten carcass of a boat, not rigg’d,
    Nor tackle, sail, nor mast. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    What could be thought a sufficient motive to have had an eternal carcass of an universe, wherein the materials and positions of it were eternally laid together? Matthew Hale, Origin of Mank.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Carcassnoun

    a dead body, whether of man or beast; a corpse; now commonly the dead body of a beast

  2. Carcassnoun

    the living body; -- now commonly used in contempt or ridicule

  3. Carcassnoun

    the abandoned and decaying remains of some bulky and once comely thing, as a ship; the skeleton, or the uncovered or unfinished frame, of a thing

  4. Carcassnoun

    a hollow case or shell, filled with combustibles, to be thrown from a mortar or howitzer, to set fire to buldings, ships, etc

  5. Etymology: [F. carcasse, fr. It. carcassa, fr. L. caro flesh + capsa chest, box, case. Cf. Carnal, Case a sheath.]


  1. Carcass

    Carcass are a British extreme metal band from Liverpool, who formed in 1985 and disbanded in 1995. A reformation was enacted in 2007 without one of its original members, drummer Ken Owen, due to health reasons. Although widely regarded as pioneers of the grindcore genre, their early work was also tagged as splatter death metal, hardgore, and goregrind; on account of their morbid lyrics and gruesome album covers. However, they also became one of the pioneers in the subgenre known as melodic death metal with their 1993 album Heartwork.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Carcass

    Carcase, kär′kas, n. a dead body or corpse, no longer used of the human body: the framework of anything: a ruin: a kind of bombshell. [Fr. carcasse, a skeleton (It. carcasso, a quiver), prob. from Late Gr. tarkasion, which is perh. the Pers. tarkash, a quiver.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. carcass

    An iron shell for incendiary purposes, filled with a very fiercely flaming composition of saltpetre, sulphur, resin, turpentine, antimony, and tallow. It has three vents for the flame, and sometimes is equipped with pistol barrels, so fitted in its interior as to discharge their bullets at various times.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. carcass

    In gunnery, is a spherical shell having three additional holes, of the same dimensions as the fuze-hole, pierced at equal distances apart in the upper hemisphere of the shell, and filled with a composition which burns with intense power from 8 to 10 minutes, and the flame issuing from the holes sets fire to everything combustible within its reach; it is used in bombardments, setting fire to shipping, etc., and is projected from cannon like a cannon-shell.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of carcass in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of carcass in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of carcass in a Sentence

  1. Theo Bronkhorst:

    Absolute nonsense, the animal was already on an elephant carcass. We didn't even have to lure him, he was there. He was already on an elephant carcass that was lying there.

  2. Parsons Police:

    She left her purebred German shepherd in a fenced backyard with water, food, outbuilding, and it was an unseasonably beautiful day here in Parsons, about 73 degrees outside. She went to lay down, caught some shut-eye, woke up, went outside and she found the carcass of her beautiful little puppy, the head had been severed, the head has not yet been recovered. And also we found the muzzle of the animal.

  3. Erik Gordon:

    Existing shareholders are not taking $400 million worth of dilution. It’s like a standby commitment on the part of YA to buy stock when Lordstown says it needs more money, i was surprised. It’s more like the knight in shining armor than the vulture at the carcass.

  4. Silence Mdluli:

    If a chopper sees the carcass, this will tell them it is a known crime scene.

  5. Nicholas Hammond:

    This took [the whale carcass] to a whole different level, i thought I was hitting dead animals with the lawnmowers.

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    • A. dicotyledonous
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