CORPORAL, noun [Latin , head.]
1. The lowest officer of a company of infantry, next below a sergeant. He has charge over one of the divisions, places and relieves sentinels, etc.
2. The corporal of a ship of war, is an officer under the master at arms, employed to teach the sailors the use of small arms; to attend at the gangways or entering ports, and see that no spirituous liquors are brought, except by permission; to extinguish fire and candles, etc.
CORPORAL, adjective [Latin , body.]
1. Belonging or relating to the body; as corporal pain, opposed to mental.
2. Material; not spiritual. [See Corporeal.]