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corpus

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noun cor·pus \ˈkȯr-pəs\

Simple Definition of corpus

  • : a collection of writings, conversations, speeches, etc., that people use to study and describe a language

  • : a collection of poems, paintings, songs, etc.

Full Definition of corpus

plural cor·po·ra play \-p(ə-)rə\

  1. 1 :  the body of a human or animal especially when dead

  2. 2 a :  the main part or body of a bodily structure or organ <the corpus of the uterus> b :  the main body or corporeal substance of a thing; specifically :  the principal of a fund or estate as distinct from income or interest

  3. 3 a :  all the writings or works of a particular kind or on a particular subject; especially :  the complete works of an author b :  a collection or body of knowledge or evidence; especially :  a collection of recorded utterances used as a basis for the descriptive analysis of a language

Examples of corpus

  1. a computerized corpus of English

  2. <Jane Austen's corpus is modest in number but magnificent in achievement.>



Origin of corpus

Middle English, from Latin


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with corpus


Medical Dictionary

corpus

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noun cor·pus \ˈkȯr-pəs\

Medical Definition of corpus

plural cor·po·ra \-p(ə-)rə\play

  1. 1:  the human or animal body especially when dead

  2. 2:  the main part or body of a bodily structure or organ <the corpus of the jaw>—see corpus uteri





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