Definitions for corporal
ˈkɔr pər əl, -prəlcor·po·ral
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word corporal.
a noncommissioned officer in the Army or Air Force or Marines
bodily, corporal, corporeal, somaticadjective
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"
bodied, corporal, corporate, embodied, incarnateadjective
possessing or existing in bodily form
"what seemed corporal melted as breath into the wind"- Shakespeare; "an incarnate spirit"; "`corporate' is an archaic term"
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: corporel, Fr. corpus, Latin.
To relief of lazars and weak age,
Of indigent faint souls, past corporal toil,
A hundred alms-houses, right well supplied. William Shakespeare, Hen. V.
Render to me some corporal sign about her,
More evident than this. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.
That God hath been otherwise seen, with corporal eyes, exceedeth the small proportion of my understanding. Walter Raleigh.
They enjoy greater sensual pleasures, and feel fewer corporal pains, and are utter strangers to all those anxious and tormenting thoughts, which perpetually haunt and disquiet mankind. Francis Atterbury.
Whither are they vanish’d?
Into the air: and what seem’d corporal
Melted, as breath, into the wind. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
And from these corporal nutriments, perhaps,
Your bodies may at last turn all to spirit. John Milton, Par. Lost.
The lowest officer of the infantry, whose office is to place and remove the sentinels.
Etymology: corrupted from caporal, French.
The cruel corp’ral whisper’d in my ear,
Five pounds, if rightly tipt, would set me clear. John Gay.
Corporal is a military rank in use in some form by many militaries and by some police forces or other uniformed organizations. Within NATO, each member nation's corresponding military rank of corporal is combined under the NATO-standard rank scale code OR-3 or OR-4. However, there are often differences in how each nation (or service in each nation) employs corporals. Some militaries do not have corporals, but may instead have a junior sergeant. In some militaries, the rank of corporal nominally corresponds to commanding a section or squad of soldiers. In most countries that derive their military structure from the British military system, corporal is a more senior rank than that of private. However, in several other countries, such as Canada, Italy and Norway, corporal is a junior rank, indicating a more experienced soldier than a private, and also on a higher pay scale, but having no particular command appointment corresponding to the rank, similar to specialist in the U.S. Army.
Corporal is an adjective that pertains to or involves the physical body; bodily. It can also be used as a noun referring to a non-commissioned officer rank in the military, typically ranking above a private or lance corporal.
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
belonging or relating to the body; bodily
having a body or substance; not spiritual; material. In this sense now usually written corporeal
alt. of Corporale
Etymology: [Corrupted fr. F. caporal, It. caporale, fr. capo head, chief, L. caput. See Chief, and cf. Caporal.]
Corporal is a military rank in use in some form by most militaries and by some police forces or other uniformed organizations. Within NATO, each member nations corresponding military rank of corporal is combined under the NATO-standard rank scale code OR-4. The rank of corporal nominally corresponds to commanding a section or squad of soldiers. However, in the United States Army, a corporal is usually a fire team leader or second-in-command of a squad of soldiers. In the United States Marine Corps, corporal is the table of organization rank for a rifle fire team leader, machine gun team leader, light mortar squad leader, and assault weapon team leader, as well as gunner on most larger crew served weapons and armored vehicles. In most countries which derive their military structure from the British military system, it is a more senior rank than that of private. However, in several other countries, such as Canada, Italy and Norway, corporal is a junior rank, indicating a more experienced soldier than a private, and also on a higher pay scale, but having no particular command appointment corresponding to the rank, similar to specialist in the U.S. Army.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kor′po-ral, n. in the British army, the grade of non-commissioned officer next in rank to a sergeant; in the navy, a petty officer under a master-at-arms.—n. Cor′poralship. [Fr. caporal—It. caporale—capo, the head—L. caput, the head.]
kor′po-ral, adj. belonging or relating to the body: having a body: not spiritual.—n. the cloth used in Catholic churches for covering the elements of the Eucharist—also Cor′porale, Cor′poras (obs.).—n. Corporal′ity, state of being corporal—opp. to Spirituality.—adv. Cor′porally.—adj. Cor′porate, legally united into a body so as to act as an individual: belonging to a corporation: united.—adv. Cor′porately.—ns. Cor′porateness; Corporā′tion, a body or society authorised by law to act as one individual: rotundity of figure, a pot-belly.—adj. Cor′porātive.—n. Cor′porātor, a member of a corporation.—adj. Corpō′real, having a body or substance; material.—v.i. and v.t. Corpō′realise.—ns. Corpō′realism, materialism; Corpō′realist, a materialist; Corporeal′ity.—adv. Corpō′really.—ns. Corporē′ity; Corporificā′tion, act of corporifying.—v.t. Corpor′ify, to embody: solidify.—Corporal punishment, punishment inflicted on the body, as flogging, &c.—Aggregate corporation, a corporation consisting of several persons; Sole corporation, a corporation which consists of one person and his successors. [L. corporalis—corpus, corpŏris, the body.]
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
In the military service, is a non-commissioned officer next in rank below a sergeant. He is distinguished by two chevrons worn on the arm.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Corporal is ranked #93125 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Corporal surname appeared 197 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Corporal.
57.8% or 114 total occurrences were Black.
17.7% or 35 total occurrences were Asian.
10.6% or 21 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
8.1% or 16 total occurrences were White.
5.5% or 11 total occurrences were of two or more races.
The numerical value of corporal in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of corporal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
As a school board, we looked carefully at corporal punishment and made the determination that indeed there were other forms of discipline that were more effective.
When the prosecutors are calling former chief of the General Staff of Turkey and hundreds of army generals as "terrorists" nobody is not offended but when I call him (current chief of General Staff) corporal he gets offended. (Referring to the detentions of many army generals for the alleged "Sledgehammer" coup plot trial; On the reaction for calling Necdet Özel (chief of GS) as a "only a corporal in our eyes" for his comments about education in Kurdish language.)
The world’s spotlight is shining on Saudi Arabia. If authorities ignore widespread criticism and unashamedly continue with the flogging of Raif Badawi, Saudi Arabia would be demonstrating contempt for international law and disregard for world opinion, flogging and other forms of corporal judicial punishment violate the prohibition of torture and other ill-treatment. By continuing to dole out this inhuman punishment the Saudi Arabian authorities are flagrantly flouting basic human rights principles.
While I am not a fan of corporal punishment, I am not a fan of his friends Major Nuisance or General Disturbance.
We're very aware of Jeb Bush and his stance on corporal punishment.
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Translations for corporal
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- ефрейтор, телесенBulgarian
- caporal, corporalCatalan, Valencian
- tělesný, desátník, kaprálCzech
- körperlich, Oberstabsgefreiter, StabsgefreiterGerman
- υποδεκανέας, σωματικόςGreek
- cabo, corporalSpanish
- lihallinen, ruumiillinen, alikersantti, korpraaliFinnish
- corporal, caporal, corporelFrench
- caporale, corporaleItalian
- 身体的, 伍長Japanese
- десетар, телесенMacedonian
- kapral, cielesnyPolish
- cabo, corporalPortuguese
- антиминс, капрал, телесныйRussian
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