- a large or complete collection of writings: the entire corpus of Old English poetry.
- the body of a person or animal, especially when dead.
- Anatomy. a body, mass, or part having a special character or function.
- Linguistics. a body of utterances, as words or sentences, assumed to be representative of and used for lexical, grammatical, or other linguistic analysis.
- a principal or capital sum, as opposed to interest or income.
Origin of corpus
Examples from the Web for corpus
The local churches were celebrating The Feast of Corpus Christi by launching brilliantly exploding rockets into the night.Spirit Tripping With Colombian Shamans
August 24, 2014
And Rep. Blake Farenthold made it onto the list of “notable people” from Corpus Christi, Texas.@CongressEdits Helps You Track Your Congressman’s Vanity in Real Time
July 14, 2014
There was also a memorable encounter while disembarking at Corpus Christi.My Big Fat Greek Book Tour: Nia Vardalos Promotes ‘Instant Mom’
May 31, 2013
Hernandez was well-known in their rough Corpus Christi neighborhood as an unsavory character.10 Shocking Bits From Book About How Texas Executed an Innocent Man
May 16, 2012
So did readers of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times in Texas, the Indianapolis Star and the Pensacola News Journal.Murdoch’s Other Scandal
July 21, 2011
Taylor concentrated his men at Corpus Christi, near the frontier.The Nation in a Nutshell
George Makepeace Towle
Then draw it forth and melt it, adding your corpus perfectum.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Corpus adiposum: the mass of fat tissue often found in larvae.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
Mournful songs abound in the "Corpus Poeticum" of the North.A Literary History of the English People
Jean Jules Jusserand
I suppose we may have a procession of the children on Corpus Christi?My New Curate
- a collection or body of writings, esp by a single author or on a specific topicthe corpus of Dickens' works
- the main body, section, or substance of something
- any distinct mass or body
- the main part of an organ or structure
- the inner layer or layers of cells of the meristem at a shoot tip, which produces the vascular tissue and pithCompare tunica (def. 2)
- linguistics a body of data, esp the finite collection of grammatical sentences of a language that a linguistic theory seeks to describe by means of an algorithm
- a capital or principal sum, as contrasted with a derived income
- obsolete a human or animal body, esp a dead one
Word Origin and History for corpus
(plural corpora), late 14c., from Latin corpus, literally "body" (see corporeal). The sense of "body of a person" (mid-15c. in English) and "collection of facts or things" (1727 in English) both were present in Latin. Corpus Christi (late 14c.), feast of the Blessed Sacrament, is the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. Also used in various medical phrases, e.g. corpus callosum (1706, literally "tough body"), corpus luteum (1788, literally "yellow body").
- The human body, consisting of the head, neck, trunk, and limbs.
- The main part of a bodily structure or organ.
- A distinct bodily mass or organ having a specific function.