corpus

noun
cor·​pus | \ˈkȯr-pəs \
plural corpora\ˈkȯr-​p(ə-​)rə \

Definition of corpus 

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

2a : 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

3a : 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

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Synonyms for corpus

Synonyms

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Examples of corpus in a Sentence

a computerized corpus of English Jane Austen's corpus is modest in number but magnificent in achievement.

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Letter by letter, the neural net, learning from its corpus, would eke out a new sentence. Constance Grady, Vox, "Reading Roald Dahl’s Matilda as a queer classic," 6 Oct. 2018 In this approach, words and phrases are mapped onto a geometrical space known as a vector space, which captures degrees of similarity among different words in a corpus (a large collection of texts). Ben Zimmer, The Atlantic, "How Computers Parse the Ambiguity of Everyday Language," 27 June 2018 To identify some of these, the UIUC team leveraged a corpus of audio samples from the Nationwide Speech Project. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Researchers show Alexa “skill squatting” could hijack voice commands," 30 Aug. 2018 Still, what a corpus: almost two hundred books to date, of which sixty-six have headed the Times best-seller list. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Bill Clinton and James Patterson’s Concussive Collaboration," 3 June 2018 The Polish government insists its actions are a necessary debridement of the judiciary’s rotten corpus. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "If America Is Divided, So Is Europe," 6 July 2018 Affirmative action in higher education has been scrutinized by the highest courts since 1978, and there is a corpus of case law about racial preferences in the workplace going back about as long. Richard J. Reddick, Fortune, "How Undoing Affirmative Action Hurts America's Colleges," 5 July 2018 In those cases a new corpus of laws, regulations and commercial norms must be developed, either by government or the entrepreneurs themselves. John Steele Gordon, WSJ, "Regulators Take On Silicon Valley, as They Did Earlier Innovators," 17 Apr. 2018 The software can pull sentences and quotes to support its position from a corpus of hundreds of millions of documents. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Now the Computer Can Argue With You," 19 June 2018

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First Known Use of corpus

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for corpus

Middle English, borrowed from Latin, "body, entity, group of people, collection, compendium" — more at midriff

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corpus

noun

English Language Learners 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.

corpus

noun
cor·​pus | \ˈkȯr-pəs \
plural corpora\-​p(ə-​)rə \

Medical Definition of corpus 

1 : the human or animal body especially when dead

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

corpus

noun
cor·​pus | \ˈkȯr-pəs, -ˌpu̇s \
plural corpora\-​pə-​rə \

Legal Definition of corpus 

: the main body of a thing specifically : the principal of a fund, trust, or estate as distinct from income or interest : res

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