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 for corporal
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Corporal \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.
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     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Corporal \Cor"po*ral\, a. [L. corporalis, fr. corpus body. See
     1. Belonging or relating to the body; bodily. "Past corporal
        toil." --Shak.
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              Pillories and other corporal infections. --Milton.
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     Corporal punishment (law), punishment applied to the body
        of the offender, including the death penalty, whipping,
        and imprisonment.
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     2. Having a body or substance; not spiritual; material. In
        this sense now usually written corporeal. --Milton.
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              A corporal heaven . . . .where the stare are.
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              What seemed corporal melted
              As breath into the wind.              --Shak.
     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.
            [1913 Webster] Corporal

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Corporal \Cor"po*ral\ (k[^o]r"p[-o]*ral), Corporale
  \Cor`po*ra"le\ (-r?"l?), n. [LL. corporale: cf. F. corporal. See
     A fine linen cloth, on which the sacred elements are
     consecrated in the eucharist, or with which they are covered;
     a communion cloth.
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     Corporal oath, a solemn oath; -- so called from the fact
        that it was the ancient usage for the party taking it to
        touch the corporal, or cloth that covered the consecrated
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: 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" [syn: bodily, corporal, corporeal,
      2: possessing or existing in bodily form; "what seemed corporal
         melted as breath into the wind"- Shakespeare; "an incarnate
         spirit"; "`corporate' is an archaic term" [syn: bodied,
         corporal, corporate, embodied, incarnate]
      n 1: a noncommissioned officer in the Army or Air Force or

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  61 Moby Thesaurus words for "corporal":
     NCO, acting corporal, acting sergeant, altar cloth, baldacchino,
     baldachin, baptismal font, bodily, carnal, centurion, cerecloth,
     chancel screen, chief warrant officer, chrismal, color sergeant,
     corporeal, earthly, fanon, first sergeant, fleshly, havildar,
     hylic, jube, kneeling stool, lance corporal, lance sergeant,
     master sergeant, material, materiate, mess sergeant, naik, noncom,
     noncommissioned officer, nonspiritual, oblation cloth, paten,
     physical, piscina, platoon sergeant, prayer rug, prie-dieu,
     reredos, rood cloth, rood screen, sacrament cloth, sarge, secular,
     sergeant, sergeant first class, sergeant major, somatic,
     staff sergeant, stoup, substantial, technical sergeant, temporal,
     top sergeant, topkick, unspiritual, warrant officer, worldly

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  CORPORAL. An epithet for anything belonging to the body, as, corporal 
  punishment, for punishment inflicted on the person of the criminal; corporal 
  oath, which is an oath by the party who takes it being obliged to lay his 
  hand on the Bible. 

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  CORPORAL, in the army. A non-commissioned officer in a battalion of 

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  CORPORAL, n.  A man who occupies the lowest rung of the military
      Fiercely the battle raged and, sad to tell,
      Our corporal heroically fell!
      Fame from her height looked down upon the brawl
      And said:  "He hadn't very far to fall."
                                                           Giacomo Smith

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