Corps(kr, pl. krz), n. sing. & pl. [F., fr. L. corpus body. See Corpse.] 1. The human body, whether living or dead. [Obs.] See Corpse, 1.
By what craft in my corps, it cometh [commences] and where.Piers Plowman.
2. A body of men; esp., an organized division of the military establishment; as, the marine
corps of topographical engineers; specifically, an army corps.
A corps operating with an army should consist of three divisions of the line, a brigade of artillery, and a regiment of cavalry.Gen. Upton (U. S. Tactics. )
3. A body or code of laws.
The whole corps of the law.Bacon.
(Eccl.) The land with which a prebend or other ecclesiastical office is endowed.
The prebendaries over and above their reserved rents have a corps.Bacon.
5. [Ger.] In some countries of Europe, a form of students' social society binding the members to strict adherence to certain student customs and its code of honor; -- Ger. spelling usually
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Corps d'arme (kr` dr`m"), a body containing two or more divisions of a large army, organized as a complete army in itself. --
Corps de logis (kr` d l`zh") [F., body of the house], the principal mass of a building, considered apart from its wings. --
Corps diplomatique (kr d`pl`m-tk") [F., diplomatic body], the body of ministers or envoys accredited to a government.
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